Bennett Bear Business Newsletter

Week of November 28, 2021

Welcome Back, BEARS!

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McKinney ISD Approves 2022-2023 School Calendar

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The Bennett Lost & Found is Overflowing

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Greetings Great Families,


The Bennett Lost & Found is overflowing with items. We will be displaying the items from our Lost & Found in the front of the school starting on Monday, November 29th, through Friday, December 17th. Items will be displayed each day from 7:30AM to 3:20PM, in the front of the school.


Feel free to come up to school during the school day to see if you can help your BEAR find their lost items. Any clothing items left after Friday, December 17th , will be donated to a local charity over Winter Break. All water bottles, lunch boxes, and masks left after Friday, December 17th, will be thrown away.


Thank you for helping us relocate our lost items back to their homes! We appreciate your time, help, and support.


Proud to be a BEAR,

Amy

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

Learning Commons Weekly Newsletter

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Important Information from Our Counselor

Red Ribbon Week Video

Check out this video from Red Ribbon Week, where we’re committed to making healthy choices for a lifetime! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d-qaTKA3FGDjvLPMZgfLSFUXEtcTmq9b/view?usp=sharing


October Guidance Lessons

Learn about what we did in October for guidance lessons, and prep for your child for November’s lesson: https://mrsthompsonliveskind.weebly.com/october-2021.html


Warm regards,

Christie N. Thompson
School Counselor

504 Campus Coordinator

469.302.5437/5438


Visit my website

or Twitter account!

October/November Guidance Lessons

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WHO Program in Guidance Lessons

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Safety Patrol Team 1 will Assist with Arrival & Dismissal

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No 1st-5th Grade Alpha - November 29th - December 17th

Change in McKinney ISD Club 360 Pick-Up Process at Bennett Elementary

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Dear Bennett Club 360 Families,


As of, Monday November 15, 2021, students enrolled in Club 360 at Bennett Elementary will no longer be checked out through the front office. Please enter through the cafeteria entrance for the checkout process with Club 360 staff.


You may call or text our Bennett Club 360 Cell phone number 214-385-7282 when you have arrived. A Club 360 staff member will then open the door for you and have your student ready for pick-up.


If you plan on picking up your child from Club 360 before 3:30pm, you will need to park and enter through the front door as before. Do not enter through the carpool lane. If you foresee you will be picking up your child before 3:30pm, please let your Club 360 staff know so they may plan accordingly.


Thank you for your understanding and patience through this new process.


Carmen Alejos

McKinney ISD Childcare Programs

2107 W. Eldorado Pkwy Suite 109

McKinney, TX 75070

469-302-2304

Courage - November Character Trait of the Month

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November Bennett Live Celebrations - Tuesday, November 30th - Only Parents of BEARS Receiving an Award May Attend

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Pie the Principals at Bennett Live Celebrations - Tuesday, November 30th - This Will Be Recorded & Shared with Families Not in Attendance

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Bennett Live Dates - 2021-2022

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McKinney ISD MacTown Miracles - Accepting Donations Now Through December 2nd

The Student Councils at all three McKinney High Schools are working together on their annual MacTown Miracles service project. These awesome students are putting together holiday meals for families in our community.


They are asking our Bennett Bears to participate in their effort by collecting packages of napkins and paper plates. They can be plain, or they can be festive and winter/ holiday themed.


Please bring your donations and put them in the boxes under the big clock in the Bennett main hall. If you already have holiday food items that you had planned to donate, they will certainly accept those as well!


We will take donations from Monday, November 8 - Thursday, December 2.

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Save the Date - Bennett's 7th Annual Jingle Bell Jog - Saturday, December 4th

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Save the Date - 3rd-5th Grade Fine Arts Night - Thursday, December 9th

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November Breakfast Menu

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November Lunch Menu

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December Breakfast Menu

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December Lunch Menu

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McKinney ISD Weather Guidelines

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BEARS Celebrating a Birthday in November & December

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November Birthdays:


1 - Cash

2 - Tanyah

3 - Zara, Niomi, Lawson

4 - Hazel, Faith, Mckenzie, Tanaiya

6 - Bella, Griffin

7 - Charlie

8 - Camden, McKinley

10 - Teagan, Kionna, Lyla

11 - Erin

12 - Sydney

13 - Heidi, Carlos

14 - Chase

15 - Landon, Mrs. Slape - 5th Grade Teacher

16 - Sam, Brynlee, Lauren, Henry, Mrs. Cox - 3rd Grade Teacher

17 - Karter

18 - Lexi, Amanda, Mrs. Haggerty - 5th Grade Teacher

19 - Colette, Shiloh

20 - Zayda

21 - Cynthia, Lily

22 - Aidan, Mason, Noah, Ethan, Tyler

25 - Maisie, Christian

26 - Mackenzie, Micah, Kashton

27 - Grant, Harry

28 - Lauren, Doha

29 - Officer Mo


December Birthdays:


1 - Advika

2 - Emily, Cameron, Michael, Ms. Jakobsen - Registrar

4 - Jillian, Bennett

5 - Cale

6 - Bree

8 - Vivian, Luke, Jack

9 - Mariana, Dylan

10 - Lorik

13 - Cruz

15 - Ms. Peek - 1st Grade Teacher

16 - Eva, Rowen, Andrew

17 - Noah

19 - Joey

20 - Colby

21 - Ms. Lytle - 3rd Grade Teacher

22 - Will

23 - Sophie, Wesley, Vani

24 - Viviana

26 - Olivia, Adefeyintola

28 - Brynlee, Keira, Presley, Grayson

29 - Dawia

30 - Paige, Penn, Joshua, Kaitlyn

31 - Nora, Jayden

Upcoming Events for our BEARS

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November Events:


Monday, November 22nd - Friday, November 26th:

Thanksgiving Break - Holiday for Students & Staff


Monday, November 29th - Friday, December 3rd:

No Alpha Services due to Kindergarten & 3rd Grade Alpha Screenings


Monday, November 29th:

4th & 5th Grade Choir - 7:15AM - Music Room


Tuesday, November 30th:

*NEW MONTHLY CELEBRATIONS - Replaces Friday Live

*Parents - Invitation & RSVP ONLY if your child will receive an award

*Kinder-2nd Grade - Bennett Live - 8:15AM-8:45AM - Gym

*3rd-5th Grade - Bennett Live - 9:00AM-9:30AM - Gym

*November Creed Lunch - 11:30AM


December Events:


Thursday, December 2nd:

MacTown Miracle Donations Due - Napkins & Paper Plates


Friday, December 3rd:

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


Saturday, December 4th:

Jingle Bell Jog - 9:00AM-9:30AM - Outside in back of school


Monday, December 6th:

*4th & 5th Grade Choir - 7:15AM - Music Room


Thursday, December 9th:

*3rd-5th Grade Fine Arts Night

*3rd Grade Music Program - 6:30PM


Friday, December 10th:

NO Running Club Today


Saturday, December 11th:

1st & 2nd Grade Alpha Testing - at Webb


Monday, December 13th:

*4th & 5th Grade Choir - 7:15AM - Music Room


Tuesday, December 14th:

*80th Day of School - Dress in your 80's attire

*PTO Palio's Spirit Night


Friday, December 17th:

*NO Running Club Today

*2nd 9 Weeks of School Ends

NEW MONTHLY CELEBRATIONS - Replaces Friday Live

*Parents - Invitation & RSVP ONLY if your child will receive an award

*Kinder-2nd Grade - Bennett Live - 8:15AM-8:45AM - Gym

*3rd-5th Grade - Bennett Live - 9:00AM-9:30AM - Gym

*December Creed Lunch - 12:00PM

*Class Parties - 2:00PM-2:45PM - Parents may attend


Monday, December 20th - Friday, December 31st:

Winter Break - No School

Clinic News from Nurse Tiffany

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MISD Covid Testing By Appointment Only

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Book Your Covid Test Appointment Here

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 https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/schools/texas-education-agency/
  • Current Collin County/City of McKinney numbers may be found at https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/8a63b1622bea4d65b28658f2101b539

Alpha Dates for 2021-2022

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Arrival & Dismissal Details

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Arrival & Dismissal Map

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Bennett's Instructional Times - 2021-2022

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Bennett's Specials Schedule

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McKinney ISD School Calendar - 2021-2022

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PTO Sponsored E.J. Wills Spirit Night Update - Thank You for Supporting Our Bears

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PTO Website - All Things PTO

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PTO's Passive Fundraiser Incentives

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Ways to Support Our BEARS

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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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