Bennett Bear Business Newsletter

Week of December 7, 2020

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PTO Sponsored Raise Craze Final Update

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PTO is pleased to report our final numbers for our Raise Craze fundraiser! Our Bears were amazing! The acts of kindness were off the charts! We are so very proud of our Bears!!

Our total Acts Of Kindness are 887!

Our total funds raised are $17,605!

Our Bears donated 60 LEGO sets to the Children’s Hospital. An entire SUV, packed to the roof with food, was donated to the Samaritan Inn. Over 800 items were donated to the McKinney food pantry! Way to go Bear family! We are so proud of you!!

Our Bears that performed at least 15 acts of kindness and get to be on announcements are:

In kinder, we have Riley, Miguel, Beckett and Cooper.

In first grade, Eurielle, Alessandra, and Katie.

In second grade, Parker.

In third grade, Kinley and Daniel.

In fourth grade, Mason, Jack and Kevin.

In fifth grade, we have Hudson and Lucas.


Our bears that raised $300 or more and get to participate in the scooter races down the ramp are:

In kinder, Riley and Isla

In first grade, Georgia, Camden, Logan, Eleanor, Oliver, Drew, and Liam.

In second grade, Lily and Wrenley.

In third grade, Kinley.

In fourth grade, Mason and Jack.

In fifth grade, Caden and Avery.


And now for our grade level winners for acts of kindness.

In sixth place with 85 acts of kindness, is fifth grade.

In fifth place, is third grade with 112 acts of kindness.

In fourth place, is fourth grade with 148 acts of kindness.

In third place, is kinder with 160 acts of kindness.

In second place, is first grade with 180 acts of kindness.

In first place is second grade with 202 acts of kindness.

Congratulations second grade on being so awesome, we are so proud of you. You have won your teachers lunch for the whole team and the PTO will cover the teams lunch duty.

For the runner up, the first grade team will get $100 to put towards their Amazon wish list.

Here are the class winners for the most funds raised, let me tell you it was close! $30 separated the top two grades!

In sixth place, is third grade with $1660

In fifth place, is kinder with $2010

In fourth place, is fourth grade with $2410

In third place, is fifth grade with $2565

In second place, is second grade with $4465 and in first place is first grade with $4495

Congratulations to first grade you have won your teachers lunch for the entire team and the principals will cover recess and the PTO will cover their lunch duty.

For the runner up, the second grade team will get $100 towards their Amazon wish list.

Bears, you have done an amazing job and we are so proud of you, Thank you for all your hard work, amazing attitudes and kind hearts. You truly make this the best school in McKinney. We enjoyed seeing everyone last Friday at the obstacle course!!!

3rd-5th Grade Virtual Fine Arts Event - Thursday, December 10th - Via Bennett Facebook & Canvas

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MacTown Miracles Food Drive - McKinney ISD - Donations Collected December 7-11

Bennett is excited to partner once again this year with our three fabulous McKinney High Schools to support MacTown Miracles! The student council members at each high school will be working together to collect food for holiday meals for families in our community.

They have asked Bennett to collect cans of corn and sturdy paper plates. Other holiday items such as boxed stuffing mix and boxed mashed potatoes are welcome as well, but the corn and the heavy paper plates are our focus!

Please bring items to support this project and put them in the boxes in the Bennett main hallway all next week - December 7-11.

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Specials' Team - December Newsletter

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Learning Commons Update with Angie Stallbaumer

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Dear Parents,

Computer Science week will be celebrated around the world, December 7-13, 2020, by tens of millions of students, in 180+ countries through a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming.

Bennett students will be participating, as in the past, in coding activities throughout Computer Science Week.

Bennett’s Hour of Code week will include online coding apps (K-1 only) and computer coding websites and games. These coding games and educational sites are great for critical thinking, problem solving, and overall brain boosting. Your students may come home wanting to code using online games and programs. Students who would like a account (only needed if they wish to save their progress) may request one with parent permission. Click here to grant permission for your child to have a account created. Kinder-3rd grade students have Kodable accounts and 3rd-5th students will be able to join a CS First Coding course. Classroom teachers will communicate login information and any class codes needed for these programs via Seesaw (K-2nd) or Canvas (3rd-5th).

Throughout the week, all F2F and Virtual Learners will have an opportunity to explore and engage in coding games and programs, for at least one hour. Classroom teachers will determine when and how students participate. Teachers will communicate resources and activities via Seesaw (K-2nd) and Canvas (3rd-5th).

Due to COVID, the annual Parent Hour of Code has been canceled. However, I have put together some slides to provide basic information about coding and included many of resources available to students for this year’s Hour of Code. Use this link to access the presentation.

Please email me at if you have questions or would like more information.


Mrs. Stallbaumer

Media Resource Specialist

Information from Our Counselor, Christie Thompson

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Check out our Impact Counselor’s December newsletter:

Warm regards,


80th Day of School - Tuesday, December 15th

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Picture Retakes - Wednesday, December 16th

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December Friday Live - December 18th - 8:30AM - Virtually

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Holiday Class Parties - Friday, December 18th - Room Rep Only - NO Parents Due to Covid - 2:00PM-2:45PM

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Bennett Yearbook Cover Contest - Due December 18th

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Box Tops Information

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HealthWhys - December 2020

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Interested in Serving as an MISD Crossing Guard?

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December Lunch Visitor Sign-Up Here

December Breakfast & Lunch Menus

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Upcoming Events for our BEARS

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December Events for our BEARS

Monday, December 7th - Friday, December 11th:

*National Computer & Hour of Code Week - #hourofcode

*MacTown Miracles Food Drive for MISD High Schools

Thursday, December 10th:

3rd-5th Virtual Fine Arts Night - posted on Bennett Elementary Facebook Page

Tuesday, December 15th:

80th Day of School - Wear your 80's Attire

Wednesday, December 16th:

Picture Retake Day

Friday, December 18th:

*2nd Nine Weeks of School Ends

*Holiday Live - 8:30AM - Virtual Style on Bennett Facebook Page

*Class Parties - 2:00PM-2:45PM - ONLY Room Rep & Teacher

Monday, December 21st - January 1st:

McKinney ISD Winter Break

January Events for our BEARS

January 2020 - McKinney ISD School Board Appreciation Month:

*Thank You MISD School Board Members

*Bennett Elementary will celebrate MISD School Board Member, Lynn Sperry, this month

Monday, January 4th:

Staff Development Waiver Day - No School for Students

Tuesday, January 5th:

*3rd Nine Weeks Begins

*Quarter 3 In-Person & Virtual Changes Begin

*12:00PM Creed Lunch

*PTO Sponsored Watch DOGS Event - 6:30PM-7:30PM

Wednesday, January 6th:

Report Cards go home - virtual families may come to school to get their child's report card

Saturday, January 9th:

School Resource Appreciation Day

Thursday, January 14th:

Dowell Fine Arts Tour for 5th Grade Students - TBD with social distancing

Monday, January 18th:

Holiday - No School for Students or Staff

Friday, January 22nd:

PTO Bingo Night - 6:30PM-8:00PM - pending social distancing guidelines

Tuesday, January 26th:

Winter Bear Cubs in Training Story Time - 2:15PM - Learning Commons - pending social distancing guidelines

Thursday, January 28th:

100th Day of School - wear 100 items or dress like you are 100 years old

Friday, January 29th:

*Multicultural Children's Book Day - #ReadYourWorld

*Friday Live - 2:15PM - Virtually on Bennett Facebook Page

BEARS Celebrating a Birthday in December

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December Birthdays

1 - Danyul

2 - Xavier, Cameron, Michael, Ms. Jakobsen - Attendance Clerk

4 - Jillian, Bennett

5 - Cale, Ms. Brown - 5th Grade Teacher

7 - James

8 - Luke

9 - Mariana, Dylan

10 - Lorik

11 - Arjun

13 - Caleb, Jack, Valeria, Tristan

14 - Colton, Phoenix, Ja'kayden, George

15 - Ms. Peek - 1st Grade Teacher

16 - Rowen, Andrew

17 - Noah M., Noah S.

18 - Trinton

19 - Joey

20 - Colby, Brandon

21 - Sage, Ms. Lytle - 3rd Grade Teacher

22 - Harper, Eurielle, Will, Angela

23 - Sophie, Tristan

26 - Olivia

27 - Marcella

28 - Presley

29 - Dawia, Elliott, Stella

30 - Penn, Paige, Kaitlyn

McKinney ISD School Board Appreciation Month - January 2021

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Bennett Spirit Days - 2020-2021

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Appreciation Days - 2020-2021

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McKinney ISD Alpha Program

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