Bennett Bear Business Newsletter

Week of August 10th

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Greetings Amazing Bennett Families,


We hope our BEARS enjoyed receiving their special videos from their teacher's last Friday. Our Bennett staff had fun creating our videos to welcome our BEARS to the upcoming school year.


It's going to be a BUSY week, as we prepare for the start of the school year. Be sure to check out the information below about upcoming events this week.


As always, please reach out to us if you need anything. We are ready to help!


Proud to be a BEAR,

Amy

McKinney ISD Grab & Go Meals - Update

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Upcoming Events for our BEARS - Week of August 10th

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Free & Reduced Meal Applications

Free and Reduced program applications have been delivered to the front offices at the school. To enable social distancing and an easier experience for the parents, we recommend that parents use the online application option, which is open at http://www.mckinneyisd.schoollunchapp.com/. The online application is also usually quicker to process.

Information from Christie Thompson - Our Counselor

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Dear Bennett Parents,


I realize that we’re all dealing with a ton of changes, but two things remains constant…I’m proud to be at the very best school in McKinney, and I can’t wait to see my little Bennett Bears!!!

Whether your student is learning remotely or in person, I’ll be available to support his or her social and emotional learning needs.


Please see below:


Guidance lessons, small groups, and Character Strong

    1. I will deliver my guidance lessons remotely, and I’ll occasionally join teachers’ Zoom meetings with students.
    2. I will be working with more small groups and individual students in my classroom.
    3. To emphasize character and SEL, I will give teachers a short, daily warm-up.


Calming Rooms

    1. My Virtual Calming Room allows students to click on the pictures to find their calm: https://mrsthompsonliveskind.weebly.com/virtual-calming-room.html
    2. My Guidance Classroom doubles as a Calming Room, where students can come read, practice breathing strategies, journal, color, etc. (We will socially distance and keep the room sanitized.)


REMIND alerts https://www.remind.com/join/thompsl

    1. I will use Remind to alert parents when I have information to share, or when I’ve added a new resource to my site.
    2. This is a one-way communication tool, so email me if you need to reach me.


Counseling Referrals

    1. WebEx video meetings – I can consult with parents (and visit with students for up to 20 minutes).
      1. Complete and submit this form for videoconferences: https://forms.gle/rxiJLiNU4qUrp1Dk9
      2. Confidentiality: to mitigate the confidentiality limits we’ll face, I will not record or save any of our meetings, but remember that it is occurring over the Internet where 100% security is not guaranteed. Also, I will still be required by law to report any instances of suspected abuse/neglect, or if I believe a student is a danger to themselves or to others.
    2. In person visits - https://mrsthompsonliveskind.weebly.com/referral-form.html
    3. After school hours - If you, your student, or anyone in your family needs additional support, there is a nationwide Crisis Text Line that you can access 24-7 by texting home to the number 741-741. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds from a secure online platform.
    4. Emergencies: Please call 911 in the case of mental health emergencies.


Warm regards,

Christie N. Thompson
School Counselor

MISD Back to School Frequently Asked Questions

MISD Safely Opening Schools

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Information from Bennett Nurse - Tiffany Krueger

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BEARS Celebrating a Birthday in August

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August Birthdays:

10 - Olivia

11- Z'narriehh

12- Mac, Bond, Matteo

13 - Zoha, Kacey, Roman, Nathan

16 - Jules, Caleb

17 - Lela, Kingston

18 - Ella, Kaylee

20 - Misty Fahsholtz - 5th Grade Teacher

21 - Hailey Gore - 4th Grade Teacher, Nolan

22 - Charity, Alexander

23 - Kevin, Madison, Juliette, Jonas

24 - Jennifer Blazek - Kindergarten Teacher, Lovella, Brooklyn

25 - Haley

26 - Hensley

27 - Anthony, Kaden

28 - Rachel Androlowicz - STC Paraprofessional, Kevin, Gabriella

30 - Ahiyan, Hailey

31 - Elijah, Timothy, Oluchi

Upcoming Events

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Monday, August 10th:

Laptop Distribution for 3rd-5th Grade BEARS

Collect laptops and charging cords for any device checked out in spring that is no longer needed

Distribute carpool signs for 2020-2021 school year

Distribute school supplies for students that preordered PTO school supply packs

Collect library books, book bag books, etc.


Tuesday, August 11th:

Virtual Bennett Blast Off & Meet the Teacher via Grade Level Zoom Times


3:00 - Specials Team

3:30 - Structure Teach Classrooms & Special Education Team

4:00 - Kindergarten

4:30 - 1st Grade

5:00 - 2nd Grade

5:30 - 3rd Grade

6:00 - 4th Grade

6:30 - 5th Grade


Wednesday, August 12th:

Pre-K–2nd Grade Laptop Pickup

Time: 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location: McKinney ISD Stadium (4201 S. Hardin Blvd., McKinney, TX 75070)


Thursday, August 13th:

1st Day of School - Virtually

Instructional Day - 8:00AM-3:07PM

Join the AMAZING Bennett PTO

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Our amazing PTO will be purchasing a "Building a Better Me” t-shirt for every student (see attached). Please fill out the form below to give your child’s shirt size. We would like for parents to complete the form below by Friday, August 21!
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