Benninghoven Family Newsletter
Vision: A place where everyone pursues their greatness.
Mission: A community coming together for our kids.
Oct. 1 Fall Picture Day
Oct. 2 Mathletics at Ray Marsh
Oct. 3 Art Club 3:30- 4:00
Oct. 4 SMNW Homecoming parade @ 1:00, 4th grade field trip to Science City
Oct. 8 2nd Grade Parent Info Night 5:30- 6:30
Oct. 10 Early dismissal @ 12:30, No School PreK
Oct. 11 No School all grades
Oct. 14 Quarter 2 begins, 6th grade band and strings concert at TRMS
Oct. 16 1st grade field trip to pumpkin patch
Oct. 17 Student Council 3:30- 4:00
Oct. 18 Grades available in Skyward, Letter Club 3:30- 4:00
Oct. 21 PTA meeting 6:30- 7:30- Ms. Patty Mach speaking
Oct. 24 Elementary Conferences Night
Oct. 25 No School- Parent Teacher Conferences
Oct. 31 Halloween Parade at 1:45, classroom parties to follow until 2:50
Nov. 1 PTA Carnival, Lettering Club 3:30- 4:00
Nov. 6 Mathletics @ Benninghoven
Nov. 7 SMNW Area Choral Fest 7:00, Art Club 3:15- 4:00
Nov. 11 Veteran's Day Assembly, Skating Party 6:00- 8:00
Nov. 13 Fall picture retakes
Nov. 20 Project Preschool in PE 8:30- 9:00
Nov. 25- 29 No School all grades
From the Principal
As we begin shifting into the fall season, we have many opportunities to come together as a community and support our students. Various clubs will begin this month including Student Council, Art Club, Lettering Club, and Mathletics. We will also join our SMNW neighbors in celebrating homecoming during the annual parade on October 4th at 1:00. This is a fun day for our whole community and it excites our future cougars! We also have opportunities to gather for conferences, PTA, field trips, and our annual Halloween celebration this month. If you have not reached out to your child's teacher about an upcoming conference time, be sure to do so. Conferences are an important part of building our partnerships between home and school.
This month our students will participate in School Families for the first time. This is a new opportunity that our teachers have been working diligently to provide for our students. Every Benninghoven student and staff member will be in a family. Each family is lead by a staff member. Families include students from each grade level and are made up of approximately 12 students. Students will remain in the same family their entire time at Benninghoven; they could be with the same adult from Kindergarten through 6th grade. We will use this time to focus on character traits and building relationships. School families will help us achieve our goal of ensuring that every child has a safe and supportive relationship with a staff member at school, and that we build a culture based on our Benninghoven CARES traits of Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self Control. We are excited to begin this new tradition!
We want to thank our Knights community for a fantastic start to the school year! We appreciate your partnership, support, and engagement in our school. #uKnighted512
Take Care Knights,
Horizon Award Winner
Halloween Classroom Celebrations
Following the parade, all students will return to their classrooms for some festive activities. Families are invited to attend the classroom portion of our celebration and you do not need to be MVP trained to participate in classroom parties. Younger siblings are welcome as long as they are closely supervised. Please know that there will not be extra treats, etc. available for younger siblings. If your student has a food allergy, please make sure the classroom teacher is aware before the class party. This is one of the few school activities that includes food. We will end the celebrations promptly at 2:50. This is so that dismissal can occur as normal. Your child's classroom teacher will share more information about individual classroom celebrations.
Students will have 5-10 minutes to change into their costumes before the parade begins. Costumes must be able to be put on over clothing. Students will not be excused from class to change into their costumes. Students can wear their costumes throughout the day if they are not a disruption to the classroom environment and the student can still learn while wearing the costume. Inflatable costumes or especially large costumes cannot be worn all day. Students will be asked to remove these costumes for the school day. Face paint also cannot be worn all day. Students will be asked to remove face paint during the school day. The following items will not be permitted during the school day or during the parade:
- fake weapons
- blood or gruesome effects
- any inappropriate or offensive content
Please review your child's costume for these elements before sending it to school. Administration can exclude costume content on an individual basis and will do so if necessary, however we prefer that the need does not arise. Our goal is to have a safe and fun celebration for our students of all ages.
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From the PTA
There is still time to join your Benninghoven PTA! You can now join quickly and easily ONLINE through MemberHub (there is a small fee that you will incur to use this service). Joining the PTA does not commit you to volunteering - though we'd LOVE for you to get involved, becoming a member simply says that you support your child's school and what our national, state, and local PTAs do. Please see the link on our PTA website and join today!
Butter Braids Fundraiser
Upcoming PTA Events
October 18—6th grade Science Enrichment (Chemistry): We could still use some volunteers to help. You do not have to have a 6th grade student to volunteer for this activity, but you do have to be an MVP.
October 18—Reflections Entries Due: This is a national PTA arts program that ALL students can participate in! Categories include photography, visual arts, music composition, dance choreography, literature, and film production. Winning entries from Benninghoven will advance to the district level. Please see the PTA website for full details and to download the entry form.
October 21—General PTA Meeting: Please join us to hear from Patty Mach, current SMSD Board of Education representative for the SMNW area, will be coming to speak about the current state of affairs for the board. A brief general PTA meeting will follow. Childcare will be provided.
October 24—Staff Appreciation Meal: 6th grade families are providing October's staff appreciation dinner during evening conferences and there are still many spots left to be filled! See the link on the PTA website for items needed. We appreciate your contributions to our monthly staff appreciation meals!
November 1—Carnival: Our annual fall carnival is set for Friday, November 1 from 6-8 pm. Join us for food, games, inflatables, a photo booth, the famous haunted hallway, and more! Entry is just $5 for kids and adults are free! Come join in the fun!
November 11—Veteran’s Day: Our annual Veteran's Day reception and assembly will be on Monday, November 11. During the week prior, we will hold our candy drive to benefit Operation Gratitude, students may bring photos of veterans to display on our honor wall, and classes will be working on artwork to decorate our school. All Benninghoven students are encouraged to invite special veterans in their lives - parents, grandparents, friends, neighbors, etc. to our reception and assembly on November 11. Please see the PTA website for more details, ways you can help, and an invitation to be used to invite veterans to celebrate with us.
November 11—Skating Party: Join us at Skate City from 6-8 pm for our second skating party of the year!