Stratford Scoop

For All Things Stratford Elementary

Friday, January 20th, 2023

Upcoming Important Dates

  • January 24th - Audio Screenings; Kdg - 4th & new 5th grade
  • January 24th - Pancake/BINGO Family Fun Night; 5:30-7:30
  • January 27th - 100th Day Of School - Dress Like You're 100!
  • January 30th - February 3rd - Kindness Week (see below)
  • February 2nd - PTO Parent Work Night
  • February 7th - PTO Meeting; 6:30
  • February 7th - PTO Food Night; Qdoba 192nd & Maple
  • February 8th - Early Dismissal 11:40
  • February 10th - Valentine Parties; 2:00 - 3:00
  • February 14th/15th - Parent Teacher Conferences; 4:00-8:00
  • February 16th - No School for Students - Inservice Day
  • February 17th - No School
  • February 20th - No School - Presidents Day

Traffic Reminders

This time of year traffic gets tricky, especially with yucky weather! Please see the reminders below. Our most important goal is to keep all of our students and families during drop off and pick up times. Please remain alert and respectful of our traffic procedures and staff who work hard to keep everything moving smoothly.

-PULL UP ALL THE WAY! Gaps in line make our line move slower, so please pull up as far as possible. If someone waves you forward, please obey the request as its just to keep the line moving.

-NO PARKING ALONG 171st or RACHEL SNOWDEN. The lines cannot move quickly in either direction if a car is parked on these two streets. Students should not be instructed to walk up and hop in a vehicle that is in line. Please use the loop appropriately.

-NO PASSING THE IDLE CAR LANE DOWN 171st. When driving North on 171st street, please do not pass the line of cars waiting to go into Stratford Elementary. When doing this, you are going into oncoming traffic of those driving South on 171st street towards Rachel Snowden. This is extremely dangerous. Please wait in line and continue straight when the line allows or the safety patrol gives you the right away.

As a final reminder, remember, your kids are in the car. Please be patient, kind, and respectful to one another and our staff as you wait patiently for our line to move along. The extra time in the car may be a great opportunity to talk about the day or practice those spelling words!

Thank you!

100th Day of School

We will celebrate the 100th day of school on Friday, January 27th. Students are encouraged to come dressed as 100 years old! So - get those wigs puffed up, glasses cleaned, bowties pressed, shawls dusted off, and life alerts charged and ready!
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Kindergarten Registration Is Open!

Do you have a student ready to start Kindergarten in August 2023? Stratford Elementary is currently accepting registrations for any incoming Kindergarten students. If your child will be eligible for Kindergarten (age 5 by July 31, 2023) please visit our district website, scroll down and click on "Enroll New Student" to register for the upcoming school year, and be sure to select the 2023-2024 school year. You will still need to do this if your child is enrolled at Anchor Pointe in the preschool.

Determining the enrollment for the next year is important for future staff planning. Completing registration also ensures that you receive communication regarding kindergarten. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

Kindergarten Roundup for students will take place at the conclusion of summer prior to the start of the school year. More information will be sent on this at a later date. If you have any questions regarding enrollment, please call Mrs. Witt in our school office.

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Each week, one student from every grade level will be selected to receive our student of the week door sign. The staff at Stratford Elementary are so proud of these students for displaying responsible, respectful, safe, and kind behavior. Congratulations!
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PTO - Parent Teacher Organization

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Pancake Man Family Fun Night - Tickets

Please use below link to order tickets:

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Cold Weather Reminders

Please send your children to school with a warm coat, hat and gloves during our arrival and dismissal times. Kids are not let in the building until 7:55 am. Breakfast kids come in at 7:45, but return back outside.

When snow is present; children can bring their snow pants, boots, hats and gloves. Those who have snow pants and boots are allowed to play in the snow. Those that DO NOT are not allowed to enter the snowy areas. We do not want student's shoes or clothing to be wet.

Please label all of their belongings.

Looking for youth sport and activity information?

In the past we have included flyers for youth sporting events, leagues, or other activities in the Bennington area. Those flyers and sign up information will now be housed on the district website under the communication tab. Select community youth activities to find upcoming events. Here is a direct link to that page.


Communication is key. Please be sure you are notifying the office staff by either calling

402-238-2941 or emailing, and your teacher(s) that your child(ren) will be out sick or gone for the day. One email to all of us is perfect.

If you're just running late or your student is coming in after an appointment, we would like to know. We just want to make sure all of our Stratford stars are accounted for.

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2022-2023 School Calendar

Bennington Public Schools has again added early release dates to the annual school calendar to allow our staff to collaborate, plan, and develop as teams and in preparing the best educational plan for the children. Please put these early release dates into your calendars now. Click here to view the 2022-23 calendar on the District website.

About Us

Location: 9303 North 171st Street, Bennington, NE, USA
Phone: 402-238-2941
Twitter: @Stratford_Elem

Notice of Non-Discrimination

The Bennington Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, color, religion, veteran status, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, or other protected status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

  • Students: Mrs. Whitney Fagan, Director of Student Services, 11620 North 156th Street, P.O. Box 309, Bennington, NE 68007 (402) 238-3044 (
  • Employees and Others: Dr. Matt Blomenkamp, Assistant Superintendent 11620 North 156th Street, P.O. Box 309, Bennington, NE 68007 (402) 238-3044 ( Complaints or concerns involving discrimination or needs for accommodation or access should be addressed to the appropriate Coordinator. For further information about anti-discrimination laws and regulations, or to file a complaint of discrimination with the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education (OCR), please contact the OCR at 601 East 12th Street, Room 353, Kansas City, MO 64106, (800) 368-1019 (voice), Fax (816) 426-3686, (800) 537-7697 (telecommunications device for the deaf), or

Title IX

The Bennington Public School District is committed to offering employment and educational opportunity to its employees and students in a climate free of discrimination. Accordingly, unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation of any kind by District employees, including, co-workers, non-employees (such as volunteers), third parties and others is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated.