Bennett Bear Business Newsletter

Week of January 17, 2022

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Interested in Registering a NEW to McKinney ISD Student for the 2022-2023 School Year?

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Requirements Needed to Register a New Student for the 2022-2023 School Year

McKinney ISD News Brief - January 14, 2022

A new edition of McKinney ISD's News Brief is now available online.

In today's edition:

  • COVID-19 Update and Working Together
  • January 17 Student and Staff Holiday
  • Bus Transportation Delays Due to Driver Shortage and COVID
  • COVID-19 Update: TEA Announces Policy Change for Staff
  • MEF Surprises MISD Educators with $115,000 in Classroom Grants During Annual Holiday Delivery
  • The Broadway Broncos present The Addams Family Musical
  • MHS Theatre presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid!

MISD Communications

Click Here for MISD News Brief

Check Out This Week's Grade Level Newsletters

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Kindergarten's Weekly Newsletter

1st Grade's Weekly Newsletter

2nd Grade's Weekly Newsletter

3rd Grade's Weekly Newsletter

4th Grade's Weekly Newsletter

5th Grade's Weekly Newsletter

Specials' Weekly Newsletter

Learning Commons Weekly Newsletter

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A friendly reminder that the 3rd - 5th grade GT Referral window is open until January 20, 2022. All of the referral materials can be found on our #MISDGT website: ALPHA Website. Simply use the menu on the left and go to GT Referrals for the parent digital observation forms.

Parent Referral Link



Gifted children are a broad spectrum of students and often exhibit asynchronous development, where there may be a mismatch between cognitive, emotional, and physical development. Please click on the NAGC Traits of Gifted Children to view some of the cognitive, affective, creative, and behavioral traits that many gifted students share.

Please feel free to reach out to Lisa Crates (K-2 ALPHA Teacher) with any questions that you may have.

Warm regards,

Christie N. Thompson
School Counselor

504 Campus Coordinator


Visit my website

or Twitter account

3rd-5th Grade Alpha Parent Nomination Form Below - English

3rd-5th Grade Alpha Parent Nomination Form Below - Spanish

Safety Patrol Team 3 will Assist with Arrival & Dismissal

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RSVP to Join Our VIRTUAL Bingo Night on Friday, January 28th

No School for Students & Staff - Monday, January 17th

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3rd-5th Grade Alpha/GT Referrals Due - Thursday, January 20th

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PTO Spring Watch DOG Registration Closes - Thursday, January 20th

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Signup Here to Serve as a Watch DOGS

NO Running Club - Friday, January 21st

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4th & 5th Grade Choir - Monday, January 24th - 7:15AM

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January Character Trait - Kindness

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UPDATE - January Bennett Live Celebration will be VIRTUAL via Pre-Recorded Video Link Posted at 2:15PM - Tuesday, January 25th

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PTO Sponsored Chipotle Spirit Night - Thursday, January 26th

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How to Order Chipotle Through the App or Online for Our Fundraiser

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100th Day of School - Thursday, January 27th

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2nd-5th Grade Running Club - Friday 28th - 7:30AM

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Multicultural Children's Book Day - Friday, January 28th

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PTO Sponsored VIRTUAL Bingo Night - Friday, January 28th - 6:30PM-8:00PM

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PTO Sponsored Watch DOGS Begin Serving on Campus - Monday, January 31st

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Happy School Board Appreciation Month

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January Breakfast Menu

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January Lunch Menu

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BEARS Celebrating a Birthday in January

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January Birthdays:

1 - Abdalhalim

4 - Kaden, Mrs. Simmons - 1st Grade Teacher

5 - Hayden, Joseph

6 - Rhys, Elijah, Wyatt

7 - Grace, Zain, Sofia

8 - Adrianna, Matthew

11 - Lincoln

12 - Reese, Arghya, Camryn

13 - Alessandra, Cohen, Mrs. Watson - Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP)

14 - Allison, Leslie

15 - Chase

16 - Jason

17 - Jack

18 - Claudia, Ella

19 - Victoria, Mrs. Thompson - Counselor

20 - Benjamin

21 - Brooklyn

22 - Hank

23 - Jack, Myah, Mrs. Luthi - Dyslexia Teacher

25 - Harel, Emileigh

26 - Connor, Ademide

27 - Beau, Weston

28 - Mrs. Schindler - 3rd Grade Teacher

29 - Jade

30 - Mrs. Recker - 2nd Grade Teacher

31 - Mrs. Crider - STC Teacher

Upcoming Events for our BEARS

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January Events:


School Board Appreciation Month

Monday, January 17th:

No School for Students & Staff

Thursday, January 20th:

*3rd-5th Grade Alpha/GT Referral Deadline

*PTO Sponsored Watch DOGS Registration Closes

Friday, January 21st:

NO Running Club

Monday, January 24th:

4th & 5th Grade Choir - 7:15AM

Tuesday, January 25th:


*January Bennett Live Celebrations will be VIRTUAL - We will pre-record our January Bennett Live Celebrations and post the video at 2:15PM for parents to watch VIRTUALLY from home

*January Creed Lunch - 12:30PM

Wednesday, January 26th:

PTO Sponsored Chipotle Spirit Night - 5:00PM-9:00PM

Thursday, January 27th:

*100th Day of School

*Dress wearing 100 items OR like you are 100 years old

Friday, January 28th:

*2nd-5th Grade Running Club - 7:30AM

*Multicultural Children's Book Day

*PTO Sponsored VIRTUAL Bingo Night - 6:30PM-8:00PM

*More details to come with a link to RSVP

PTO Yearbook Flyer - Step By Step Instructions

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PTO Sponsored Yearbooks & 5th Grade Dedications On Sale Now - Link Below

Nurse News

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Covid Update 2022

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MISD Covid Testing By Appointment Only

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Book Your Covid Test Appointment Here

NEW MISD Covid Protocols

Effective 8/2/2021, all existing protocols will be replaced with the following information. We will continue to monitor and adjust our protocols based on any updated information from Collin County Health Department, Texas DSHS, Texas Education Agency and CDC.

  • All staff, visitors and students (with parental assistance) should monitor for symptoms of illness prior to campus arrival.
  • CDC Guidance (including those fully vaccinated) recommends to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission. Schools in Texas, including McKinney ISD, may highly recommend but may not require masks.
  • Campuses will work to ensure no student is treated differently as a result of their choice to wear a mask or not wear a mask.
  • Visitors will be allowed on campus according to standard visiting rules.
  • Social distancing will be maintained when feasible.
  • Staff and students will continue to be expected to wash their hands frequently throughout the day.
  • Parents and employees will continue to be required to report confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 to campus administration or their supervisor, but this information will no longer be tracked on the District COVID-19 Dashboard.
  • Staff and students with symptoms of COVID 19 (until ruled out) OR a confirmed case of COVID-19 must quarantine for 10 days from the date of symptom onset or positive test if no symptoms.
  • Staff will not conduct close contact reviews and students/staff will not be required to quarantine for exposure.
  • Current MISD COVID-19 numbers may be accessed through TEA at
  • Current Collin County/City of McKinney numbers may be found at

Alpha Dates for 2021-2022

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Arrival & Dismissal Details

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Arrival & Dismissal Map

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Bennett's Instructional Times - 2021-2022

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Bennett's Specials Schedule

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McKinney ISD School Calendar - 2021-2022

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McKinney ISD Approves 2022-2023 School Calendar

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McKinney ISD Weather Guidelines

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PTO Website - All Things PTO

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PTO Passive Fundraiser Incentives

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Ways to Support Our BEARS

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Why Join Our Bennett PTO?

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Bennett PTO Community Sponsors Supporting our BEARS

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