Bennett Bear Business Newsletter

Week of February 15, 2021

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MISD Update: Inclement Weather and Student Learning This Week

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McKinney ISD Parents and Guardians,

Please read this important information regarding inclement winter weather that has been forecast for next week and MISD’s plan for instruction if it becomes necessary to cancel school.

• Monday, February 15, is designated as a student holiday/teacher work day on the MISD academic calendar. Schools and offices will be closed, and there will be no in-person or virtual instruction that day.

• Tuesday, February 16, has been designated as an asynchronous (at-home) learning day on the MISD academic calendar. There will be no on-campus instruction on Tuesday. Rather, all MISD students will receive classroom assignments through SeeSaw or Canvas and will complete the assignments independently at home.

If winter weather forces MISD to close school on Wednesday (2/17), Thursday (2/18) or Friday (2/19) next week, all students will move to online, asynchronous learning from home on the days that schools are closed. Students will receive classroom assignments through SeeSaw or Canvas and complete the assignments independently.

MISD will communicate any closure as early as possible through its normal channels (MISD homepage, Facebook, SchoolMessenger, etc.). For more information on MISD’s inclement weather notification procedures, click here.

We hope you have a great weekend and that you stay safe and warm!


McKinney ISD Communications

Happy Valentine's Day, BEARS!!!

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Staff Development Waiver Day - Monday, February 15th

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Asynchronous (At Home) Learning Day for Students & Work Day for Staff - Tuesday, February 16th

All BEARS Return Your Device to School - Wednesday, February 17th

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McKinney ISD Voter's Guide to the 2021 Election - Early Voting in April

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Please VOTE - Bennett Elementary Will Be a Polling Place

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McKinney ISD Offering Curbside Grab-and-Go Meals

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We are pleased to announce free curbside grab-and-go meals will be available at Finch Elementary on the dates below. Please include this information in your principal newsletter going out this week, as this coming Monday, February 1st, will be one of these days.

February 15 & 16

March 8 -12

March 15

April 2

April 12

April 26

Finch Elementary

1205 S. Tennessee St., McKinney, TX 75069

Breakfast 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM (Breakfast pickup will also include that day’s lunch. Parents can instead come just for lunch at lunchtime if desired.)

Lunch 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Pick up in driveway off Graham St.

These meals are free, but parents will need to present either a valid student ID number, student name, or other proof they are picking up for a student 18 years old or younger.

If you have any questions regarding the curbside grab-and-go meal service, please reach out to me!

Jason Vickery

Food Service Director

McKinney ISD

510 Heard Street, McKinney, TX 75069

Desk: 469-302-6365

February Parent Lunch Visitor Sign Up

FREE Breakfast & Lunch for All MISD Students for 2020-2021 School Year

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February Breakfast Menu

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February Lunch Menu

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Find All Things 6th Grade Registration Here

Save the Date - February Friday Live - February 26th

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Upcoming PTO Event in March - Parent Feedback Requested on Topics

February Newsletter from Our Specials Team

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Important Information From Nurse Tiffany

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Upcoming Events for our BEARS

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February Events for our BEARS

Monday, February 15th:

Staff Development Waiver Day - No School for Students

Tuesday, February 16th:

*Teacher Work Day - Asynchronous Day (From Home) for Students

*Special Olympics Basketball Day

Thursday, February 18th:

5th Grade Parent Meeting for Middle School - more details to come

Tuesday, February 23rd:

*6th Grade Course Selections Due to Mrs. Thompson

*PTO Sponsored In & Out Burger Pre-Orders Due

*PTO Sponsored Internet Safety Webinar - 5:00PM

Friday, February 26th:

Friday Live - 2:15PM - Virtually

Saturday, February 27th:

5th Grade Alpha Testing

March Events for Our BEARS

Monday, March 1st:

*NEWLY Identified Alpha Students Begin Alpha Program

*Texas Girls in STEM Day

*Creed Lunch - 1:00PM

Tuesday, March 2nd:

*National Read Across America Day

*PTO Sponsored In & Out Burger Drive Thru Event at Bennett

Friday, March 5th:

3rd 9 Weeks of School Ends

Monday, March 8th - Friday, March 12th:

Spring Break

Monday, March 15th:

*Students & Staff Return to School

*4th 9 Weeks of School Begins

Wednesday, March 17th:

3rd Quarter Report Cards Go Home

Thursday, March 18th:

PTO Sponsored Diversification Awareness Parent Night

Friday, March 19th:

*Celebrate Down Syndrome Day - Wear Crazy Socks

*PTO Sponsored Variety Show Submissions Due

Saturday, March 20th:

4th Grade Alpha Testing at Webb Elementary

Sunday, March 21st:

Down Syndrome Awareness Day

Friday, March 26th:

Friday Live - 2:15PM - Virtually

Saturday, March 27th:

3rd Grade Alpha Testing at Webb Elementary

Monday, March 29th:

Creed Lunch - 10:30AM

Tuesday, March 30th:

PTO Board Nomination Forms Due for 2021-2022

MISD Approves 2021-2022 School District Calendar

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February Birthdays

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1 - Ella, Jaeah, Asadbek, Ethan

2 - Amanda, Mason

3 - Mia, Michael, Quin, Sufiyan, Israel

4 - Alana, Katie, Peyton

5 - Alison

7 - Noah

8 - Presley, Ashton, Keegan, Maddox

9 - Valentina

10 - Owen

11 - Isabella

13 - Cannon, Ms. Holloway - 3rd Grade Teacher

14 - Rhett, Lai

15 - Travis, Sawyer, Ean, Claire

16 - Mrs. Covey - 1st Grade Teacher

17 - Jocelyn

18 - Carter, Brenlee

19 - Daniel, Mrs. Sullivan - Kindergarten Teacher

20 - Kendall, Sophie, Ella

22 - Efosa, Estrella, Alan, Emmaline, Alexis

23 - Kylie

24 - Nora

25 - Santiago, Mason

27 - Carlie

28 - Luke

Bennett Spirit Days - 2020-2021

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School Appreciation Days - 2020-2021

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K-5th Grade Virtual Classrooms

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Bennett Elementary is fortunate to have a virtual classroom in kindergarten through 5th grade. Not only do our Bennett virtual teachers serve our BEARS, they may also serve other virtual students from other MISD schools that meet the criteria below:

Our virtual classrooms are for students that meet the following criteria:

1. Parents have selected their child to be a virtual learner for Quarter 1, 2, 3, and/or 4

2. A student tests positive for Covid and is required to quarantine

3. A student is required to be in quarantine as determined by Nurse Tiffany

Therefore, if your child is traveling or not feeling well and will be kept home from school, they will not be jumping on a Zoom link with their grade level virtual teacher(s). Students will be counted absent and provided with their make-up work upon their return to school. Also, be sure to send in their doctor's note or parent note within three days of their return to school.

Thank you for understanding as our teachers continue to work tirelessly to serve our BEARS.

PTO Sponsored In & Out Burger Pre-Orders - Due Tuesday, February 23rd

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PTO Sponsored Internet Safety Webinar - Tuesday, February 23rd

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Save the Date - Virtual Bennett Bears Variety Show - Friday, April 16th

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PTO Sponsored Yearbooks - Order Yours Today

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McKinney ISD Needs Crossing Guards

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