Badgerline

A guide to all things Bennington Elementary

Friday, September 10, 2021

Important Upcoming Dates


  • September 14th PTO Food Night - Don & Millies 5:00-9:00 pm
  • September 15th Early Dismissal; 11:40 am
  • September 17th Spirit Day...GO Badgers!! (was scheduled for the 24th)
  • September 20th PTO Meeting; 7:00 pm (outdoor classroom)
  • September 29th Fun Run
  • October 6th Picture Retake Day
  • October 12th/13th Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00-8:00 pm
  • October 14th No School; Teacher Inservice
  • October 15th No School
  • October 29th Fall Parties

Birthday Treats

Parents - please do not get store bought donuts or cupcakes. We still need you to go by this rule for the 21-22 school year. Thank you for understanding.
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FUN RUN 2021

Bennington Elementary parents and families, Our Fun Run kicks off on Monday, September 20th. This program will teach students valuable character traits and help our school raise funds for our students and staff.Leading up to the Celebration Event Day on Wednesday, September 29th, students will be able get donations from anywhere in the world for the number of laps completed on the day of the Bennington Elementary Fun Run. You can get a head start TODAY by registering your student on mybooster.com. Click HERE to learn more!


Key Dates to Remember:

• Register on MYBOOSTER.COM!

• Program Launch on Monday, September 20th

• Celebration Event Date on Wednesday, September 29th


Thanks in advance for your continued support of Bennington Elementary students and staff!

FUN RUN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Please consider helping with our Fun Run! We will need volunteers to help with prize delivery and help on the day of the event on September 29th. Thank you for considering! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b44a8a829a3fa7-20211
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COVID-19 Information

For possible positive cases within our Elementary Buildings, there are steps that differ between Vaccinated and UnVaccinated. At this time, we understand that Elementary Students do not have the option to receive a vaccination, but if that should change this explains how it would affect the close contact experience:


  • First case in a classroom: All self-monitor unvaccinated wear a mask until 14 days have passed from the last exposure to the positive case.
  • Second case in the same classroom: Within 14 days of the first case, all self-monitor and unvaccinated wear a mask (i.e. vaccinated do not have to wear a mask at that step. Unvaccinated choosing to NOT mask at this step will not be allowed to attend school) This occurs until 14 days have passed from the last exposure to the positive second case.
  • Third case in the same classroom: Within 14 days of the first case, the school district will consult with DCHD to determine further mitigation measures; may include quarantine.
  • The health department recommends if a household member tests positive for COVID-19, that the unvaccinated other household members quarantine. Your child’s school’s front office staff will be able to assist you in determining a safe return to school date for your child should this event occur within your household.


We will once again send staff and students home who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms.


COVID-19 Symptom Lists:

Students and staff with any one (1) of the following symptoms will be sent home:

New Cough, New Onset of Shortness of Breath, New Loss of Taste or Smell


Students and staff with any two (2) of the following symptoms will be sent home:

Fever 100.4 F. or Above, Chills, Muscle Aches, Headache, Sore Throat, Nausea or Vomiting, Diarrhea, Fatigue


Please continue to communicate with us if a household member of your student has tested positive for COVID-19. If the student is Unvaccinated, the student must quarantine at home away from the positive individual. They may return to school with a negative COVID-19 test on Day 5 or later from the last time they were in close contact with the household member and may return to school after Day 7. The student should wear a mask and continue to self-monitor through Day 14.

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THESE KIDS HAVE CHARACTER!!

Congratulations to our Bennington Elementary Kids with Character! This week they get to hang our new door signs to show our appreciation and pride for being such kind kids! Be sure to take a picture next to your sign and send it to twilhelms@bennps.org so we can put your pictures up on our wall of fame!

Adopt The Lounge

Please use think link to sign up for adopt the lounge. We appreciate your generosity! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b084cadad22a4fd0-adopt
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STUDENT ABSENCES

Communication is key. Please be sure you are notifying the office staff by either calling 238-2690 or emailing (kwitt@bennps.org and slehman@bennps.org) and your teacher that your child will be out sick or gone for the day.


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 BE students are accounted for.

PETS - PLEASE LEAVE AT HOME

As much fun as it is to have your dogs walk with you to pick up your children, we ask that you kindly leave the family's favorite friend at home. With safety issues of allergies, bites, etc, we have to watch out for our entire BE family. Someone's best friend may be another's biggest fear. Pets who ride in the car, are fine.

Bus Information

Bus Fees - The transportation department will be sending out invoices through your MySchoolBucks account sometime in September. You will pay your transportation fees through the website.


Bus Passes - New bus passes where given to all of our students on Thursday, September 2nd. Please look for them in your child's backpack. If you lose a bus pass, replacement passes cost $20. Please contact the office to order a new one.


Ride360 App - Parents can download this wonderful tool. It will let you know bus stop location/times. It gives you the exact time your child gets on/off the bus.

https://transportation.benningtonschools.org/uploads/1/5/5/1/15519848/traversa_ride_360_application_guide.pdf

Badger Blue Spirit Days

Mark your calendars! On these days, we are looking for the class that has the highest percentage of participation. We encourage you to send your child in all the spirit wear they own...or even a blue shirt! Add those bows, socks, hair paint etc. The winning class from each grade gets to keep "Tuffy", the badger in their rooms for a month.


*** DATE CHANGED; September 17th, instead of the 24th

October 29th

November 19th

December 17th

January 28th

February 25th

March 25th

April 22nd

May 13th

BE PTO Happenings

Upcoming PTO Food Nights

  • Tuesday, September 14th - Don & Millie's 5:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, October 12th - Runza (Bennington) 5:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 4th - Godfather's (Bennington) All Day

Mrs. Bendell's 5th grade class has taken the lead for the Pizza Party

The PTO has put a competition in place. The classroom that has the most families who sign up will win a pizza party. Great job - keep those registrations coming in. Winning class will be announced in the Badgerline next Friday, September 17th. See links below on the PTO Info page.

All Bennington Elementary Families - We are compiling the Online Directory NOW

Have you ever just wanted a list of addresses so you could send out your child's birthday party invites? Go out and join the PTO for 15$ and update you and your child's information. Once you have paid your dues, we will get you an online directory. The online directory will update as parents go out and type in their current information. Please spread the word and have patience as this is our 1st year trying a new way of organizing this information.
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Spirit Wear Order

There is still time. The 2nd order will go in on October 1st.
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Homecoming Apparel

The HS will have T-shirt, long-sleeves, and sweatshirt apparel orders for homecoming this year. These orders will all be online. The link below is active now through Friday, September 17th @ 3:00pm. The order form this year does require them to enter a name and the school the child attends. Orders will be sorted @ HS and sent to your respective schools. If you have any questions, please call the HS office at 402-238-2447.


Be sure to put child's name and teacher in Shipping info section


https://benningtonhomecoming2021.orderpromos.com/

Light Up The Stadium-Jr Cheer/Dance Mini Camp

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GIRLS ON THE RUN

GOTR began on Thursday, September 9th. Sessions will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 - 4:45 pm. Registration link is www.GOTRNebraska.org; shared below. You may contact Miss Falcone (afalcone@bennps.org) or Mrs. King (jking@bennps.org) if you have any questions.
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BENNINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

The Friends of the Bennington Area Libraries is a nonprofit organization that supports the Bennington Public Library. They finance special opportunities, purchase new equipment and materials, and provide extra manpower. The Friends is hosting a membership drive, and we need you! Please consider joining the Friends. Membership is a great way to support the library and the Bennington community. You can visit the website at http://benningtonfol.org for more information, and/or you can attend our next meeting — which is Tuesday, September 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room.
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Bennington Public Schools Mission

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


Notice of Nondiscrimination: Bennington Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, or other protected status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.