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Friday, January 7, 2022

Important Upcoming Dates

  • January 10th - PTO Meeting 7:00 pm (Library)
  • January 13th - PTO Food Night, Panda Express 10:30am - 9pm
  • January 17th - No School; MLK Day
  • January 19th - Early Dismissal 11:40; Hat Day - Support 5th grade DC Trip; (1$ donation)
  • January 24th - 28th - Help us celebrate Kindness Week (see below)
  • January 28th - Spirit Day; wear your Badger Blue!

Welcome to Bennington Elementary Mrs. Robb!

Mrs. Robb has been named the principal of Bennington Elementary for the 2022-2023 school year. She will be spending more time at the building so please welcome her as you see her!


A little about Mrs. Robb:


Mrs. Robb has been in education for 14 years and in a leadership position for the past three years. Mrs. Robb’s vision is to provide a safe and positive learning environment that fosters collaboration between students, teachers, and the Badger community to continue the tradition of excellence in Bennington Public Schools.


Mrs. Robb started her educational journey in 2008 as an elementary teacher, teaching for both Millard Public Schools and Elkhorn Public Schools and has spent the past two years serving as an instructional facilitator/CADRE Associate for Elkhorn and UNO. Danielle has spent the first half of the 2021/22 school year as an assistant principal for Anchor Pointe Elementary.


Mrs. Robb and her husband Chris have lived in the Bennington community for over ten years. She has two children, Wyatt, a first grader at Pine Creek Elementary and Emma, a preschooler at Legacy.


Mrs. Robb is looking forward to getting to know the Bennington Elementary students and families.

4th GRADE SIP and SHARE!

4th graders got to enjoy hot chocolate, and listen to each other share their completed fiction stories from our writing unit on this cold January day!
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2nd Semester Snack Milk Deadline is PAST DUE

Starting Monday, Jan 10th - if you have not paid for snack milk, your child will not be able to receive it. Please go out to your myschoolbucks.com account and purchase snack milk. Log in, School Store tab, Browse all items and click on 2nd semester. Once you have purchased, an email is sent to Mrs. Witt in the office.


Note - snack milk is optional, and is not part of the federally subsidized lunch program.

Just a reminder to send your children to school with a warm coat, hat and mittens during our arrival and dismissal times. Kids are not let in the building until 8:00 am. Breakfast kids come in at 7:45, but return back outside.


To play in the snow at recess, snow boots and snow pants are needed. Otherwise they stand on the sidewalks and basketball courts.


Students will go outside for recess, if the"feels" like temperature is 20 degrees or above.


Please label all of their belongings if possible.

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ADOPT THE LOUNGE - 1ST GRADE FAMILIES

Please use this link to sign up for adopt the lounge.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B084CADAD22A4FD0-adopt4

The staff appreciates your generosity!

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Clothing Donations

As your cleaning out closets/drawers, please consider donating things your child has outgrown to your school. We are in need of t-shirts, leggings, sweatpants or any comfortable clothing. We will take any sizes, but are in need for older kids (4th and 5th graders). They have spills too.

Audio Screening

Students in Kdg - 4th and new students to our district will be having audio screening checks on Thursday, January 20th. If you have a 5th grade child and have a concern they may also be screened. Please contact the school office to request.


The school's audio screening is not diagnostic nor is it intended to replace regular preventive health care. The goal is to assist parents in the identification of potential hearing problems so they may seek appropriate medical evaluation. Students with abnormal results at the initial screening will be re-screened by the nurse within 2-3 weeks and a parent will be notified of abnormal results.


If you are interested in volunteering to help with the screening, please contact Shannon in the office, or email her at: slehman@bennps.org.

Coat and Toy Drive - A SUCCESS!


Thank you to those who brought in items for our recent coat and toy drive! They were able to deliver over 440lbs of coats and toys to the Open Door Mission for delivery over the Christmas and New Years Holiday!!! The Open Door Mission is so excited about this event they keep hoping other school districts will follow the example set by Bennington. This is proof of what our #BadgerPride can accomplish!

COVID-19 Information

Masks - Masks are strongly recommended, but continue to be optional for all students and staff unless protocol requires it.


Positive Diagnosis - Isolate for 5 days from symptom onset. If asymptomatic, isolate for 5 days from positive test date. Day 1 of isolation is first full day after diagnosis or symptom onset. Return on day 6 if fever free for 24 hours. Wear mask for 5 additional days upon return.


Quarantine Procedures In Home Close Contact

Vaccinated

  • Continue to attend school
  • Monitor for symptoms
  • Masks recommend through day 10


Unvaccinated

  • Quarantine for 5 days from date of last exposure, return on day 6.
  • Masks recommend through day 10.
  • Recommend testing on day 5, but not required
  • Must be symptom free


Symptom Checks

At this time, a student will be sent home due to COVID-19 symptoms in the following scenarios:


Students and staff with any one of the following symptoms should remain at home and follow the guidance below:

  • New cough

  • New onset of shortness of breath

  • New loss of taste or smell

Students and staff with two or more of the following symptoms should remain at home and follow the guidance below:

  • fever 100.4 or above, chills, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue

Individual is able to return to school:

  • Alternate diagnosis from a physician AND 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications OR

  • Negative test received AND 24 hours have passed since the last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications OR

  • Isolate at home for 5 days AND 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medication AND symptoms have improved

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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.