Bennett Bear Business Newsletter

Week of March 22, 2021

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McKinney ISD Annual Bright Bytes Parent Survey - Please Help

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Link to In-Person Parent Survey

Link to Virtual Parent Survey

Bennett Enrollment Survey - What's Your Plan for the 2021-2022 School Year?

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Dear Amazing Bennett Families,


Our Bennett staff is eagerly working to plan for the 2021-2022 school year, and we need your help. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey below. Your time, help, and information will assist us in planning for a successful year for our BEARS.


We need to hear from each Bennett family in order to plan for our campus, as well as follow up with you over the coming months if your plans are uncertain. Please complete the survey link by Saturday, May 1, 2021. If you have multiple students, be sure to list them all on this survey. You will only need to send in one survey per family.


In July, the guardian listed as the primary contact on your student's record will receive an email from noreplyregistration@powerschool.com. This email will contain a unique code and instructions on how to register your student for the upcoming school year.


If you have any questions, please contact our Bennett registrar, Susan Jakobsen, at sjakobsen@mckinneyisd.net or 469-302-5489.


Proud to be a BEAR,

Bennett Staff

March Friday Live - Virtual Style - March 26th - 2:15PM

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McKinney ISD Bad Weather Days - Update

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McKinney ISD will seek waivers from the Texas Education Agency for instructional days impacted by the recent winter storm. It is anticipated that these waivers will be granted. At this time, McKinney ISD is expected to only have to make up one Bad Weather Day. The district will follow the tradition of utilizing the second Bad Weather Day first on April 26. The first Bad Weather Day, April 2, is Good Friday and will continue to be a staff and student holiday assuming we do not have any additional days canceled as a result of inclement weather.


April 2 – Staff and Student Holiday (unless we experience additional bad weather and cancel school)


April 26 – Bad Weather Make-Up Day (regular school day)


We will continue to provide updates throughout this spring on events impacted by COVID and the recent inclement weather. We appreciate your ongoing support.

Important Changes to MISD STAAR Testing

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Dear Parent/Guardian,


The state of Texas will transition to fully online state assessments by the 2022-23 school year, and McKinney ISD is preparing staff, students and families for this change in two phases.


Phase 1 will take place during the current 2020–2021 school year. Students will take their Math and Science assessments online in the spring of 2021—with the exception of 5th grade Math. (See links below.)

Click here to view the 2020-21 Phase 1 plan for 3rd – 5th Grade.
Click here to view the 2020-21 Phase 1 plan for 6th – 8th Grade.
Click here to view the 2020-21 Phase 1 plan for 9th – 11th Grade.


Phase 2 will take place during the 2021–2022 school year. In Phase 2, students will take Math, Science, Reading Language Arts and Social Studies tests online.


The district will work closely with our MISD campuses to ensure that staff and students are confident with the online testing platform and tools before the Phase 1 online tests this spring (2021). Online learning that has taken place over the past year has provided our students and teachers with experience that will support this transition to online assessment. Please note that students who receive testing accommodations will receive those accommodations in both paper and online formats.


The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires that state assessments be given in a secure environment, and they cannot be administered remotely. Therefore, all students are encouraged to report to campus on their assigned testing date to take their state assessment(s).

MISD campuses will continue to follow local health guidelines and procedures for social distancing to the extent possible during testing.

Your child’s campus will share more information with you as we approach the testing dates, but if you would like to explore more details about the state assessment changes, please refer to these resources: https://tinyurl.com/MISDtests. If you have questions, please contact your campus principal.


Sincerely,

McKinney ISD

Trash Off - Sponsored by Boyd Environmental Club

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March Parent Lunch Visitor Sign Up

March Breakfast Menu

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March Lunch Menu

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FREE Breakfast & Lunch for All MISD Students for 2020-2021 School Year

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Notes from Christie Thompson, Bennett Counselor

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Information from Nurse Tiffany

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Our Bennett PTO Wants YOU

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Join Our Bennett PTO Board for 2021-2022 - Nomination Forms Due Tuesday, March 30th

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PTO Sponsored Parent Education Night Presentation

PTO Sponsored Yearbooks - Order Yours Today

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PTO Sponsored Virtual Variety Show

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Specials Team - March Newsletter

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Upcoming Events for our BEARS

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March Events for Our BEARS


Sunday, March 21st:

Down Syndrome Awareness Day


Friday, March 26th:

Friday Live - 2:15PM - Virtually


Saturday, March 27th:

3rd Grade Alpha Testing at Webb Elementary


Monday, March 29th:

Creed Lunch - 10:30AM


Tuesday, March 30th:

PTO Board Nomination Forms Due for 2021-2022

March Birthdays

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2 - Isla, Maevi, Ronan

3 - Mrs. Reinhard - Kindergarten Teacher

4 - Kaden, Hannah, Mrs. Danstrom - 5th Grade Teacher

5 - Mrs. Higgins - 5th Grade Teacher

7 - Hannah, Tyler, Mrs. Tidwell - STC Teacher

9 - Phoebe, Luke, Drew

10 - Evelyn, Kate, Cade

11 - Jasiah, Brett

12 - Brady, Grayson

13 - Joelle

16 - Avery, Sophie

17 - Masen, Zachariah

20 - William

21 - Sofia, Jacob, Coach Cusack - PE Teacher

22 - Jeremih

24 - Katelyn

25 - Cooper, Milana, Miles

28 - Brent, Carli

30 - June

31 - Isaiah, JJ

McKinney ISD 2021 Upcoming Elections

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Dear Amazing Bennett Parents,


McKinney ISD is holding an important election this spring that contains four ballot items that will impact every student in the district. The link below provides complete information and FAQs about each of the election items. We encourage you to learn about each item and to cast your vote!


Click here to learn more about the MISD 2021 Election!


Sincerely,

MISD Communications

MISD Attendance Credit Election Information

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MISD Tax Rate Election Information

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MISD School Building Bond Election Information

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MISD Technology Bond Information

The Technology Bond in 2 Minutes

Lawson Early Childhood School - McKinney ISD

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Pre-K Registration for Lawson Early Childhood School - McKinney ISD

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Head Start at Lawson Early Childhood School - McKinney ISD

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Head Start is Accepting Applications - McKinney ISD

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McKinney ISD Camp Invention - July 19-22

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Bennett Spirit Days

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Appreciation Days - 2020-2021

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UPDATED MISD School Calendar - 2020-2021

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MISD Approves 2021-2022 School District Calendar

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