Bennett Bear Business Newsletter

Week of September 26, 2021


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Check Out This Week's Grade Level Newsletters

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Kindergarten's Weekly Newsletter

1st Grade's Weekly Newsletter

2nd Grade's Weekly Newsletter

3rd Grade's Weekly Newsletter

4th Grade's Weekly Newsletter

5th Grade's Weekly Newsletter

Specials' Weekly Newsletter

PTO Jersey Mike's Spirit Update

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Thank You for Supporting the McKinney Crape Myrtle Run!

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Bennett Had 72 Student/Families Sign-Up

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Jace Placed 2nd in the 7-8 Age Group - Way to Go, Jace!

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Ryan Placed 1st in the 9-10 Age Group - Way to Go, Ryan!

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Presley Placed 2nd in the 9-10 Age Group - Way to Go, Presley!

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Safety Patrol Team 2 will Assist with Arrival & Dismissal

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It's Picture Day for our BEARS - Tuesday, September 28th

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Special Olympics Bowling - Wednesday, September 29th

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1st & 2nd Grade Alpha Referrals Due - Thursday, September 30th

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The McKinney ISD GT Department is currently accepting referrals for Gifted and Talented services. We are looking for students who are advanced in relation to students of similar age, experience, and environment. The deadline for 1st and 2nd grade referrals is September 30, 2021. The referral can be accessed via the links below. You are welcome to complete the online referral or a paper based referral.

1st-5th Grade Alpha is Underway for our BEARS

Monday’s – Alpha Day for Bennett’s 1st Grade, 2nd Grade & 3rd Grade Students

  • 8:00-9:00 Bennett’s 2nd Grade Alpha students meet with Lisa Crates in the Bennett Science Lab
  • 8:35AM Bennett’s 3rd Grade Alpha students load the bus and travel to Webb Elementary
  • 9:00-10:00 Bennett’s 1st Grade Alpha students meet with Lisa Crates in the Bennett Science Lab

Thursday & Friday’s – Alpha Days for Bennett’s 4th & 5th Grade Students

  • 8:40AM Bennett’s 4th & 5th Grade Alpha students load the bus and travel to Webb

MISD Alpha Dates - 2021-2022

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September Breakfast Menu

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September Lunch Menu

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October Breakfast Menu

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October Lunch Menu

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BEARS Celebrating a Birthday in September

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September Birthdays:

1 - Stella, James, Amir

2 - Grace

3 - Faizan, Ava

4 - Mia

5 - Ryan, Ms. O'Connell - STC Teacher

7 - Colton, Caleb, Cooper

8 - Lillie

9 - Benjamin, Paige Henry, Vanessa, Anna

10 - Carlene, Isla, Austin

12 - Kenzie

13 - Kate

14 - Cameron, Grant, Jerome

15 - Sebastian, Carson, Isaac, Sienna

17 - Soha, Ms. Vera - 2nd Grade Teacher

18 - Alyssa

19 - Glenn

20 - Lily, Scarlett

21 - Riley, Zachary, Ms. White - 5th Grade Teacher

22 - Dominic, Austin

23 - Mallory, Mckenlee, Micah

25 - Timothy

26 - David

27 - Madison

28 - Adam, Ava

29 - U S

30 - Annie, Chance, Marco, Anthony

Upcoming Events for our BEARS

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September Events:

Tuesday, September 28th:

Picture Day

Wednesday, September 29th:

Special Olympics Bowling Competition

Thursday, September 30th:

1st & 2nd Grade Alpha (GT) Referrals Due

October Events:

Friday, October 1st:

*2nd-5th Grade Running Club - 7:30AM-7:50AM

*4th & 5th Grade Recorder Money Due to Bennett Music teacher, Ms. Mac

Saturday, October 2nd:

Custodian Appreciation Day

Wednesday, October 6th:

International Walk to School Day

Thursday, October 7th:

Big Kahuna Fundraiser Pick-Up in Bennett Gym - 2:00-5:00 - bring your drivers license

Friday, October 8th:

*2nd-5th Grade Running Club - 7:30AM-7:50AM

*MAP Window Closes for K-5th

*MClass Window Closes for K-2

Monday, October 11th:

Staff Development Waiver Day - No School for Students - Professional Development for Staff

Friday, October 15th:

*1st 9 Weeks of School Ends

*2nd-5th Grade Running Club - 7:30AM-7:50AM

Monday, October 18th:

*2nd 9 Weeks of School Begins

*PTO Sponsored Hat Creek Spirit Night

Wednesday, October 20th:

Big Kahuna Party Bus - permission slip and details coming home soon

Friday, October 22nd:

*2nd-5th Grade Running Club - 7:30AM-7:50AM

*PTO's 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat Event - 6:30PM-8:00PM - Bennett parking lots

Saturday, October 23rd:

MISD Partners in Education's 13th Annual Holiday Bazaar - McKinney High School - see flyer

Monday, October 25th - Friday, October 29th:

Parent - Teacher Conference Week

Monday, October 25th:

McKinney ISD Parent-Teacher Conference Day - No School for Students

Tuesday, October 26th - Friday, October 29th:

Red Ribbon Week - details to come

Tuesday, October 26th:

Picture Retakes

Friday, October 29th:

**2nd-5th Grade Running Club - 7:30AM-7:50AM

Virtual October Friday Live - 2:30PM - pre-recorded video sent out via link

*Bennett's Spirit Night at the McKinney Stadium - Boyd Broncos & McKinney High School Football Game Night

Big Kahuna Fundraiser Product & Prizes Pick-Up - Thursday, October 7th - 2:00PM-5:00PM - Bennett Gym

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Big Kahuna Party Bus Prize - Wednesday, October 20th

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Save the Date - PTO's 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat Drive Thru Event - Friday, October 22nd - Sign Up Below

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We Need YOUR Trunk

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Now Accepting Candy Donations - Donation Box Set Up In Main Hallway Under the Clock

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Sign-Up Here for All Things PTO Trunk or Treat

Save the Date - McKinney ISD Holiday Bazaar - Saturday, October 23rd

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The Learning Commons

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Clinic News from Nurse Tiffany

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NEW MISD Covid 19 Isolation Protocols

New MISD Isolation Protocols

Step 1: When a student, who is on campus, has displayed symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever, coughing, shortness of breath, etc., the school nurse will provide a clinical assessment to determine if and when a student needs to be sent home. Students who are ill will be separated from their peers and should be picked up within one hour.

Step 2: The campus nurse will speak with the parent/guardian regarding quarantine and isolation needed for their symptomatic student. The student who has symptoms of COVID-19, may return to campus after 10 days have passed from symptom onset AND symptoms resolved AND at least 24 hours have passed with no fever, without the use of fever-reducing medication. The student may return to campus before the end of the 10 day period only IF a note from a health care provider is received by and discussed with the campus nurse prior to the student returning to campus.

Step 3: The campus nurse will follow up with the student throughout the quarantine and isolation period.

Step 4: If the parent of the student reports to the campus nurse that the student was tested for COVID-19 and is now lab confirmed positive, the steps for “ Students Who Report That They are Lab-Confirmed Positive for COVID-19” will be followed.

Students Who Report That They Are Lab-Confirmed Positive for COVID-19

Step 1: When a student has been lab-confirmed positive for COVID-19, the school nurse and teacher should be notified of their illness and should remain home for 10 days from the date of testing.

Step 2: The student who had the lab-confirmed COVID-19 positive test result, may return to campus after 10 days have passed from the date the positive test was performed AND symptoms resolved AND at least 24 hours have passed with no fever, without the use of fever-reducing medication.

Step 3: The campus nurse will follow up with the lab confirmed COVID-19 positive student throughout the quarantine and isolation period.

Step 4: MISD will follow Texas Education Agency and Collin County Health Department guidance for reporting lab positive confirmed COVID-19 cases.

NEW MISD Covid Protocols

Effective 8/2/2021, all existing protocols will be replaced with the following information. We will continue to monitor and adjust our protocols based on any updated information from Collin County Health Department, Texas DSHS, Texas Education Agency and CDC.

  • All staff, visitors and students (with parental assistance) should monitor for symptoms of illness prior to campus arrival.
  • CDC Guidance (including those fully vaccinated) recommends to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission. Schools in Texas, including McKinney ISD, may highly recommend but may not require masks.
  • Campuses will work to ensure no student is treated differently as a result of their choice to wear a mask or not wear a mask.
  • Visitors will be allowed on campus according to standard visiting rules.
  • Social distancing will be maintained when feasible.
  • Staff and students will continue to be expected to wash their hands frequently throughout the day.
  • Parents and employees will continue to be required to report confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 to campus administration or their supervisor, but this information will no longer be tracked on the District COVID-19 Dashboard.
  • Staff and students with symptoms of COVID 19 (until ruled out) OR a confirmed case of COVID-19 must quarantine for 10 days from the date of symptom onset or positive test if no symptoms.
  • Staff will not conduct close contact reviews and students/staff will not be required to quarantine for exposure.
  • Current MISD COVID-19 numbers may be accessed through TEA at
  • Current Collin County/City of McKinney numbers may be found at

McKinney ISD Substitutes Needed

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McKinney ISD substitute teachers serve an essential role in our classrooms. They keep the learning moving forward when a teacher can not be in the classroom. At Bennett, we are thankful for all of the substitutes that serve our BEARS.

If you have ever considered serving as a substitute, now is a great time to apply! We are looking for people who are committed to the students and families in our district. Many of our Bear parents find that it is a wonderful and rewarding way to be connected to the educational process and to our school. Substitutes in MISD can choose if they would like to work at only one level campus (elementary, middle, or high) or they can work at campuses across all levels.

Applications are processed on a continuing basis through the fall semester.

For details on the application process and to get started, please visit:

Substitute Opportunities | McKinney ISD

Substitute Opportunities. Substitutes are an important part of the daily operations of the school day. We truly appreciate our substitutes and are grateful for your contribution to our students and teachers.

Bennett's Specials Schedule

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Bennett's Instructional Schedule

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McKinney ISD School Calendar - 2021-2022

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Bennett's Arrival & Dismissal Details

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Bennett's Arrival & Dismissal Map

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PTO's Passive Fundraiser Incentives

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Join All Things Bennett PTO - Visit Their Website

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Join Our Amazing Bennett PTO

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Why Join Our Bennett PTO?

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Bennett PTO Community Sponsors Supporting our BEARS

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PTO Sponsored Spirit Nights - Save the Dates

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