Your Weekly Update from Bennett-Hemenway Elementary School
Our first day jitters have been put to bed and we are ready to go! It has been a great few days of school. Thanks for your support in preparing your students for this transition from summer back to (or into) school life. Our students have stepped in and stepped up to show that they are ready to do the work.
I was talking with staff and we were trying to figure out why this year has felt so different - in a good way. We came to the conclusion that we are feeling lighter knowing that we are returning to school without an added burden of unfamiliar safety precautions. We have proven that we know how to keep our students safe and healthy. We are all excited for a great year!
Just a reminder that our school is closed on Monday, September 5 for Labor Day.
Meet Ms. Kim and Ms. Kelly! They run our cafeteria and make sure our Bobcats have a safe and healthy lunch block. Our cafeteria team has worked together at Ben Hem for many years. This week we hosted lessons with each grade level to teach everyone about lunchroom expectations and how to be safe and have fun during this time of the day. Thank you, Ms. Kim and Ms. Kelly for all you do.
Five Things You Need to Know
1 - CORI CHECKS
Reminder for Parents Who Want to Volunteer--CORI Checks
If you want to volunteer at Ben Hem or to support your child as a mystery reader or field trip chaperone you MUST have a CORI check! See Ms. Danielle or Ms. Kelley at the front office with identification (drivers license or passport) and this completed CORI form . They can also provide you with a form in the office if required. These forms are valid for three years.
2 - PROTECTING ELECTRONIC BENEFIT TRANSFER (EBT) CARDS AND BENEFITS:
Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) clients have been the target of benefit theft through skimming, in which thieves put a device on a store’s card-swiping machine to copy card information. To protect clients from skimming, DTA is requiring cardholders in locations with a high incidence of skimming (Eastern Massachusetts) to set a new PIN to use their EBT over the next few weeks and is encouraging all clients to change their PIN regularly. Cardholders can change their PIN through automated steps by calling the number on the back of their card, as outlined in this flyer. More information and steps on how to change a PIN are available at Mass.gov/ProtectYourEBT and Mass.gov/ProtejaSuEBT, with outreach materials available in 11 languages.
3 - UPDATES TO THE MUSIC PROGRAM
This is a particularly exciting year for the Music Department, as Natick is introducing a 3rd-12th grade Orchestra program for the very first time! Students in the 3rd and 4th grade can sign up for violin, viola, or cello, join the lesson program, and play in before-school ensembles just like Band students! We are also adding string ensembles at both Kennedy and Wilson Middle Schools. Beginners are welcome at all grade levels, as well as more experienced players looking for an ensemble experience. Students can sign up for lessons at the music website here or email Sirkka Natti, our new Elementary/Middle School Orchestra teacher, for more information at email@example.com. She looks forward to hearing from you!
4 - BOKS IS BACK!
BOKS is a physical activity program at Ben Hem that will run every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday morning 7:25am to 8:05 am. This program runs a fall and spring semester. BOKS helps children understand the benefits of exercise and prepares them for a day of learning. This program is focused on fun, providing opportunities for team-oriented games and play. Read the full program description and complete this registration form if you are interested in participating. Completed forms can be returned to school with your student in the home school folder.
5. Curriculum Night is Thursday, September 22nd!
Save the date! Thursday, September 22nd is Curriculum Night, an opportunity for you to meet your child's teacher(s), see their classroom, and hear a brief overview of the curriculum. Please note, this is an adult only event and no childcare is provided. More details, including a specific schedule, will be shared in the coming week. We look forward to seeing you!
- Title I: Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990Title II
- Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990Title VI
- Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964Title IX
- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
- MGL, Ch.76, Section 5: Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 76, Section 5
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