Heritage Elementary Badger Tracks

September 24, 2021

The Mission of the Bennington Public Schools is to provide educational opportunities in a safe, caring environment that will prepare all students to meet the challenges of the future.

Upcoming Events!

Sept. 27 PTO meeting, 6:00 p.m.

Oct. 1 Spirit Day! Wear Badger Blue!

Oct. 1 Fundraiser Fun Event!!

Oct. 6 Early Dismissal, 11:40 a.m.

Oct. 6 Picture Retake Day

Oct. 6 Post Prom Food Truck and Dunk Tank night, 4:30-8:00 p.m., BHS main parking lot

Oct. 12-13 Parent Teacher Conferences

Oct. 12 Ditch the Dishes, Don and Millie's

Oct. 14 No School, Teacher Inservice Day

Oct. 15 No School

Oct. 25 PTO meeting, 6:00 p.m.

Oct. 27 Early Dismissal, 11:40 a.m.

Oct. 29 Halloween Parties

BHS Homecoming Week is next week!

Join us for the Elementary dress up days. The list of dress up days is below.
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DUNK your favorite BPS teacher or staff!

The week of Homecoming (9/27-10/1) students at our school will be VOTING for the nominated staff members to sit in the tank!! Buckets will be located in the office for students to vote on their favorite Heritage staff member. ANY of our staff members that place in the the TOP 5 district wide, will sit in the dunk tank on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at the high school. Bring your cash or coins...each vote is $1.00!

The Heritage staff that you can vote for are:

Mrs. Allen - K

Mrs. Thibault - PE

Ms. Knight - Art

Mr. Gouldsmith - 4th grade

Mrs. Nelson - principal

REMEMBER - The TOP 5 staff members from the District, based on the amount raised, will get to be dunked!

Each vote is $1.00 and the proceeds from this event goes to the BHS Post Prom.

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Congratulations to this week's Badger Buck Winners!

These students earned Badger Bucks this week for practicing the 4 B's.

Way to go, Heritage Badgers!

We are so proud of Brexley, Jace, Colter, Gemma, Captain, Ilyas, Nolan,

Ben, Cooper, Caleb, Amanda, Lily!!!

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Dismissal Reminders

Just a few reminders for dismissal time:

  • Please make sure to pull all the way up and around the top of each loop at dismissal time. Staff will send your student to your car.
  • Hang your car sign on the review mirror that your students name is recognizable to staff.
  • Please be cautious going through the carline and do not pull out in front of other cars.
  • Do not part in handicap stalls as we do have families and staff with permits who need to use them.
  • Follow all traffic laws.

Thank you for keeping our students, staff and families safe!

A Message from Mrs. Nelson

Happy Friday, Everyone!!

Parent-Teacher conferences are fast approaching! This year, they are scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 12 and Wednesday, Oct. 13, 4:00-8:00 p.m. Due to higher class sizes, some grade levels will also offer in person or virtual conferences on Thursday, Oct. 14. Please note that this exception is not for all grade levels. In order to better accommodate you, we are offering families a choice of in person or virtual conferences. Conferences will be 15 minutes with a 5 minute break in between to allow for teachers to prep for the next conference.

The signupgenius links for each grade level and specialists are below. When you choose your time slot, you will also be required to note in the comments that you have selected an in person or virtual conference. If you have any questions, please reach out to your child's teacher or the office.


1st grade

2nd grade

3rd grade

4th grade

5th grade

Specialists link

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PreK Enrollment 2022-23 school year

To all families interested in having their child apply and be screened for our district's 2022-2023 preschool classrooms, please note there will be an application that opens up on October 1st through our district website, specifically on the Early Childhood Home Page. You will find a link to a Google Form to complete with your child's information. We will send out a sign-up genius in December to those families that apply to select a screening date and time, which is required to enter our preschool lottery. We always have more applicants than we can serve, therefore this will be a first come first serve process for sign-ups. Once sign-ups are complete, we plan to screen all Peer Models in January of 2022 and complete our lottery by the end of that month. All families will be notified if their child will be placed in our preschool at the beginning of February. If any part of our process changes, we will notify each applicant's family via email. **If you are a current three year old student in our preschool program, you do not need to complete this as you will be able to move to our four year old class automatically.***

#HEinfluencer Spotlight - Miss Leever's class, 5th grade

Students in Miss Leever's class worked well in music class. Students practiced singing in canon in multiple languages and everyone was using a great singing voice!! Students learned a new signing game and everyone participated and followed directions with no reminders. They are also the first class to earn their Level 1 singing badge: Everyone singing in their best singing voice without being prompted. They did a great job of following directions, dancing and folk dance and were having so much fun!! Congratulations to Miss Leever's class for being our #HEinfluencer Spotlight class of the week!! I am so proud of you!

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PTO Updates and Events!

PTO meeting, Monday, Sept. 27 @ 6:00 pm: Please join us for the virtual PTO meeting.

All School Fundraiser: The school fundraiser will kick off October 1st. We will be raising money again using a “No Sales” calendar. Look for more information coming soon! While you wait please update your family information at https://heritagepto2012.membershiptoolkit.com/

For the most updated information from PTO, please click the link here.

Heritage Building Basics - Digital Citizenship and Technology Use


Google Workplaces is a collection of productivity, collaboration, and education software developed and powered by Google. The primary Google Workplaces tools include Gmail, Classroom, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Calendar, Google+, Sites, Hangouts, and Keep.

Teachers plan ways to integrate these tools into student daily use, even when remote learning is not required.


Our media specialist teaches digital citizenship in media classes throughout the year. Classroom teachers also explicitly teach and monitor appropriate technology use, including care and upkeep of the physical device, appropriate use of messaging tools, acceptable websites and more. Teachers also take time to review digital expectations and intentionally plan times in the day to introduce them. Expectations are pre-taught at the beginning of the year and again as new apps and tools are introduced when students are using their devices.


Activities like Zearn Math, Bridges workplaces, Epic, FlipGrid, SeeSaw, Kahoot, NearPod, IXL, etc. are all examples of active learning activities that teachers use in the classroom. All students have access to Clever which serves as a hub for students to locate and access approved sites and applications used during instruction by their teacher.

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Educational Guidance for Elementary Closure - COVID19

  1. If one (1) confirmed case of COVID-19 has occurred in a classroom, all students and staff in the class will be required to wear a mask, while indoors, for 14 calendar days following the last unmasked exposure.
  2. Masking will continue to be required if a second case is identified in the same classroom. If additional cases are identified within the masked classroom, BPS will work with DCHD to determine if a classroom closure is necessary.
  3. If two (2) or more classrooms in a school are closed within a 14-day period, ALL students and staff in the building will be required to wear a mask at all times while inside the school building for 28 calendar days (two incubation periods) following the second classroom closure.

Beginning with positive cases identified on or after August 31, a classroom-based mask requirement will take effect on the following school day for the entire 14-day period. You will be notified by your child’s principal regarding the final day of your student’s mask requirement. This notification is done via email which will have a letter attached. If a second case occurs within 14 days of the first case, the masking period may be extended up to an additional 14 days. If your child arrives at school without a mask, one will be provided for him/her.

Thank you for your assistance in keeping our classrooms open for our students.

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Title I Parent Support and Engagement Information

The reading and math interventionists have created a slide deck full of Reading and Math Resources that are available for parents. Please click on the PDF below to learn more about Title I services.

Transportation Information

Bus Riders - BPS has a new app for parents to download called Ride360 for all bus riders. This is a fabulous tool to let you know bus stop location/times and it lets you know the exact time your child gets on/off the bus.

Bus Fees - The transportation department will be sending out invoices through My School Bucks in September. You will pay for transportation fees through the website.

Bus Passes - Lost bus passes cost $25 to replace. Please email or call the office to order a replacement bus pass if needed.

September Breakfast and Lunch Menu

Click on this button to access the monthly breakfast/lunch menu.

2021-22 School Calendar

Click on this button to access the district calendar.

My School Bucks

Click on this button to pay for snack milk and add lunch money to your student's account.

NebSIS Family Account Link

Click on this button to access the NebSIS Family Link. This link will take you to the sign in page for student verification.