Bennett Bear Business Newsletter

Week of September 9th, 2019

Dear Amazing Bennett Parents,

We are looking forward to another BUSY week at the BEST school in McKinney! A special "thank you" to everyone that attended Curriculum Night and our PTO General Meeting last week. In case you were not able to attend the PTO General Meeting, our PTO President, Tanya Banse, and I shared the difference between my Principal Fundraiser and the PTO Fundraiser. If you would more information on how these funds are spent, check out our graphs below.

As always, we are looking forward to seeing YOU at school this week! Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

Proud to be a BEAR,

Amy Holderman

NEW - Bennett's Best Staff Recognition Award

Bennett Elementary Budget 2019-2020

Below is our campus budget for the 2019-2020 school year. We are fortunate to receive these funds to support student learning and achievement.
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Our Bennett Night at the McKinney ISD Stadium was a HUGE Success!!!

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Patriot Appreciation Breakfast for First Responders - September 11th

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Big Kahuna Principal Fundraiser Kicks Off - September 11th

We are looking forward to hosting our Principal Fundraiser with Big Kahuna. This year, we are raising money for:

  • Student Recognition Awards - Bear of the Month, Creed Award, Birthday, Perfect Attendance, No Early Check-Outs, No Tardies, Choir, Tech Crew, End of Year Certificates
  • Staff Recognition Awards - Birthdays, 100 Hour Professional Development Club, Luncheons, Staff Shirt, Snacks/Drinks for Meetings, Teacher Appreciation
  • Resources & Materials in our Professional Library for Parents & Staff
  • Staff Development for Staff - Speakers, Materials, Conferences
  • Flexible Seating for Classrooms
  • Headphones
  • Flexible Seating Tables for Primary Classrooms
  • Safety Items - Cones, Walkies, Megaphones, Vests
  • Supplies for Jingle Bell Run in December - Bells, Necklaces, Hot Chocolate
  • Miscellaneous School Supplies & Materials for Classroom Use
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Hearing & Vision Screenings from Nurse Martin - September 12th

Hearing and Vision Screenings are scheduled at Bennett Elementary on Thursday, September 12, 2019. Kindergarten, 1st grade, 3rd grade, 5th grade, and any new students to McKinney ISD will all be screened. If your child wears glasses, please remember to wear them to school on September 12!

International Dot Day - September 13th

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PTO Sponsored Principal's Coffee - September 13th

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The McKinney McTown Klownz are Coming to Bennett - September 16th

Get excited Bennett kindergarten-3rd grade students! The McKinney McTown Klownz will be at Bennett on Monday, September 16th, to share their fire safety tips for the 2019-2020 school year.
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Calling all 4th & 5th Grade Choir Students

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Specials Team's September Newsletter

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30 Ways to Show Respect in 30 Days

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Bennett Spirit Days 2019-2020

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Interested in an After School Art Enrichment Class at Bennett?

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McKinney ISD Free & Reduced Lunch Program

Each year, parents need to reapply to the Free and Reduced Program for that school year. State regulations allow for a grace period for the first 30 days of school, which keeps the students in the same free or reduced category they were in the previous year to allow time to submit a new application. That grace period ends this year on September 27th. At that time, any student who has not had an application submitted by their parents will no longer have their meal benefit until a new application is processed. We’d very much like to encourage online applications, as they are less prone to error and processing delays.

Parents can quickly and easily fill out an online application at, although if a paper application is more desirable, those are also available in the Bennett office. Those who have received a notification of benefits or who have already submitted an application do NOT need to apply again. The online portal is the best way to apply, as it is the most accurate and fastest for us to process.

McKinney ISD has already sent an email to ALL parent/guardians (doing so allowed us to avoid overt identification of any students) reminding them about the grace period and how to apply to the program if they want to (we cannot force any parent to fill out an application).

If you have any questions, please contact Pilar Gilabert-Barrera at the Child Nutrition office. We can be reached at 469-302-6364.


Food Service Department

Student T-Shirt Size Needed

PTO is requesting our help in getting t-shirt sizes for all our students. Please use the link below to provide us with your child's t-shirt size by Friday, September 20th. If you have already submitted your child's t-shirt size to your child's teacher, please disregard.

T-Shirt Link:

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Staff September Birthdays

September 12th - Elizabeth De Araujo, Structure Teach Classroom Aide

September 13th - Pablo, Custodian

September 17th - Natalie Vera, 2nd Grade Teacher

September 21st - Natalie White - 5th Grade Teacher

September 27th - Lisa Howard, Library Aide

Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Events

Monday, September 9th

Watch D.O.G.S. registration opens

Safety Patrol Team 2 assists with Arrival & Dismissal

Mandatory Bennett Batons Parent Meeting at 3:15PM in cafeteria

Tuesday, September 10th

Individual Picture Day

Wednesday, September 11th

Patriot Breakfast 7:30AM - in cafe

Big Kahuna Principal Fundraiser Kick-Off 2:15PM in gym

Thursday, September 12th

Boy Scout Meeting 6:30PM-7:30PM in cafeteria

Friday, September 13th

International Dot Day - wear polka dots

Bear Feet Running Club 7:30AM-7:50AM

Principal Coffee 8:15AM in Learning Commons

Saturday, September 14th

Bear Buddy Meeting (participants have been notified) 10:00AM-11:00AM

Monday, September 16th

Fire Clowns for K-3rd in gym

Safety Patrol Team 1assists with Arrival & Dismissal

Tuesday, September 17th

Room Rep Meetings in Science Lab

*Kinder-2nd Grade Meeting - 9:00AM-9:45AM

*3rd-5th Grade Meeting - 10:00AM-10:45AM

Thursday, September 19th

Bear Buddy Meeting 7:30AM in Learning Commons

Friday, September 20th

Bear Feet Running Club 7:30AM-7:50AM

Watch D.O.G.S. registration closes

Monday, September 23rd

Drama Kids 3:30PM-4:30PM - Science Lab

Safety Patrol Team 2 assists with Arrival & Dismissal

Tuesday, September 24th

PTO October Newsletter goes home

Wednesday, September 25th

Big Kahuna Principal Fundraiser ends

Friday, September 27th

Bear Feet Running Club 7:30AM-7:50AM

Friday Live 2:15PM

PTO One Check Fundraiser begins

Saturday, September 28th

Crape Myrtle Run at Boyd High School

Monday, September 30th

Creed Lunch 10:30AM

Safety Patrol Team 1 assists with Arrival & Dismissal

Drama Kids 3:30PM-4:30PM - Science Lab

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