Bennett Bear Business Newsletter

Week of August 22, 2021

Thanks for helping OUR school be the BEST!

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NEW - Starting This Week, All Grade Level Newsletters Will Be Included in This Newsletter

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Hello Awesome Bennett Families,

We want to make is super easy for parents to be able to access each of our grade level newsletters in one place. Starting this week, parents will be able to access all grade level newsletters every week right here in the Bear Business Newsletter.

Proud to be a BEAR,


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

Tickets, Tickets Everywhere - Our BEARS are Earning Tickets to Win this Stuffed Animal

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Each of our Bennett staff members have LOTS of tickets we are handing out during the school day to students making great choices. If your BEAR comes home with colored tickets, be sure to ask them about the great choices they are making at school.

Students will write their name on the back of their ticket and return it to school. Tickets will be turned in to the front office and kept in a big yellow lego container.

Every Friday, Ms. Halpin and I will draw FIVE tickets on live Morning Announcements. Those five ticket winners will come to the front office and pick a prize out of the treasure box. Then, Ms. Halpin and I will add those five tickets back into the big yellow lego container with all the other tickets.

Finally, each month when we come together as a school family at our Friday Live school assembly, we will have a drawing to see who's lucky ticket is drawn. If your child's lucky ticket is drawn, they get to KEEP the stuffed animal forever.

Each month, we will have a new special stuffed animal our BEARS will be earning tickets to WIN. Good luck, BEARS!

Alpha Services Begin this Week for Our BEARS

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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

Kindergarten Color Weeks - August 23 - September 3 - All BEARS Are Invited to Join Us in Wearing the Color of the Day

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PTO Sponsored Popsicles with Pops - Monday, August 23rd - 6:30PM

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PTO Sponsored Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students) Kick-Off - Monday, August 23rd

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4th & 5th Grade Safety Patrol Meeting - Tuesday, August 24th - 7:30AM - Learning Commons

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Bennett's Only Fundraiser of the Year Kicks Off - Tuesday, August 24th

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Boy Scout Meeting - Thursday, August 26th - 7:00PM - Bennett Cafe

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Visitors & Volunteers Welcome Back Into the Building - Friday, August 27th

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We LOVE visitors and volunteers serving on our campus. All McKinney ISD elementary schools will welcome visitors and volunteers back into the building starting on Friday, August 27th. As a school family, our Bennett staff will be spending the first two weeks of school getting to know our students, build relationships, and establishing routines.

We encourage parents to use these two weeks to complete your criminal background check for the 2021-2022 school year. Here is the link to complete your annual criminal background check:

Thank you for sharing your BEAR with us each and every day. We look forward to seeing YOU visiting and volunteering in the building starting on Friday, August 27th.

Jeremiah's Italian Ice Spirit Day - Sunday, August 29th

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Save the Date - PTO Sponsored Principal's Coffee - Friday, September 3rd - 8:00AM

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Running Club for 2nd-5th Grade BEARS - Begins Friday, September 10th

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Running Club Guidelines - Signed & Returned by Tuesday, August 31st

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Calling all parents and guardians!!! Record a short 1-minute video about your college for all of our Bennett Bears to see.

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August 23-27, 2021

  • K-5th students will visit the Learning Commons for a Library Orientation

  • K-5th students will select books from our collection for their reading enjoyment


While our goal is to encourage students to develop a love of reading over reading for a reward, we do offer many different reading programs that have small incentives.

Current reading programs:

  • Texas 2X2 Books for K-2nd grade

  • Texas Nominated Bluebonnet Books for 3rd-5th grade

These books are available in the Bennett Learning Commons, but may also be read online. Sora is a great app, to which MISD students have online access. The public library also carries these books, as they know MISD heavily promotes these reading lists. Information went home with all students during Bennett Blast Off or the first week of school. You may also find the information, 2X2 coloring sheet, and the Bluebonnet Book Review Form on our Bennett Learning Commons Google Site,

-Mrs. Stallbaumer & Mrs. Perkins

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Bennett's Specials Schedule

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Bennett's Instructional Schedule

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McKinney ISD Alpha Dates

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McKinney ISD School Calendar - 2021-2022

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MISD to Provide FREE Breakfast & Lunch to ALL Students Again this Year

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August Breakfast Menu

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August Lunch Menu

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Bennett's Arrival & Dismissal Details

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Bennett's Arrival & Dismissal Map

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Upcoming Events for our BEARS

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August Events:

Monday, August 23rd:

*Alpha Services Begin

*Kindergarten Color RED Day

*PTO sponsored "Popsicles in the Park" & Watch DOGS Kick-Off - 6:30PM

Tuesday, August 24th:

*Kindergarten Color WHITE Day

*PTO/Bennett Fundraiser Kick-Off - Big Kahuna Fundraiser

Wednesday, August 25th:

*Kindergarten Color YELLOW Day

*5th Grade Tech & News Crew Participants Notified

Thursday, August 26th:

Kindergarten Color GREEN Day

Friday, August 27th:

*Kindergarten Color BLUE Day

*Visitors & Volunteers Welcome in the Building

Sunday, August 29th:

PTO Sponsored Jeremiah's Italian Ice Spirit Night

Monday, August 30th:

*Kindergarten Color ORANGE Day

*2nd-5th Grade Bear Feet Running Club Signed Guidelines due to Coach Cusack

Tuesday, August 31st:

Kindergarten Color BLACK Day

September Events:

Wednesday, September 1:

Kindergarten Color PINK Day

Thursday, September 2nd:

Kindergarten Color PURPLE Day

Friday, September 3rd:

*Kindergarten Wear Your FAVORITE Color Day

*PTO Sponsored Principal's Coffee - 8AM

Friday, September 10th:

2nd-5th Grade Bear Feet Running Club Begins - 7:30AM-7:50AM

Tuesday, September 14th:

PTO General Meeting & Bike & Safety Rally - 6:30PM

Wednesday, September 15th:

Progress Reports go home with 1st-5th grade BEARS

Week of Monday, September 20-24

College Week

Monday, September 20th:

*MAP Window Opens for K-5th

*MClass Window Opens for K-2

Tuesday, September 21st:

National IT Professional Day

Wednesday, September 22nd:

PTO Sponsored Jersey Mike's Spirit Night

Friday, September 24th:

*September Friday Live - 2:15PM - Bennett gym

*Wear Bennett spirit wear attire

Saturday, September 25th:

Crape Myrtle Run - details on flyer

Tuesday, September 28th:

Picture Day

Wednesday, September 29th:

Special Olympics Bowling Competition

Thursday, September 30th:

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

Save the Date - Crape Myrtle Run - Saturday, September 25th

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BEARS Celebrating a Birthday in August

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August Birthdays:

1 - Durham, Paulina

2 - AnaBelle

4 - Elinor, Oliver, Bryson

5 - Ethan, Ayden, Gerry, Saesha

6 - Sally, Johah, Tyler, Emory

7 - Sara, Thomas

8 - Nicolas, Akshaj, La'miya

9 - Julian, Nolan, Mrs. Lane - secretary

11 - Z'narriehh

12 - Bond, Matteo

13 - Kacey

16 - Jules, Caleb

17 - Lela, Kingston

18 - Eliana

19 - Daniel

20 - Isabella, Mrs. Fahsholtz - 5th grade teacher

21 - Mrs. Gore - 4th grade teacher

22 - Charity

23 - Kevin, Juliette, Jonas

24 - Lovella, Brooklyn, Mrs. Blazek - kindergarten teacher

25 - Haley, Jason, Allison

26 - Hensley

27 - Kaden

28 - Gabriella, Mrs. Androlowicz - STC aide, Mrs. Leiker - 3rd grade teacher

30 - Ahiyan, Hailey, Vivian

Nurse News from Nurse Tiffany

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New McKinney ISD Covid Sign

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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

1: The World Technology Changes for our BEARS

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1:The World

Elementary Changes for 2021-22

McKinney ISD elementary campuses are committed to providing the best possible instructional experiences for our students in ways that both engage and empower them. Part of this commitment to high-level instruction includes access to technology tools for teaching and learning in the classroom. During the 2020-21 school year the district expanded our 1:The World laptop initiative to include students in grades 3-12. All students in these grade levels were provided with a MacBook Air computer that traveled to and from school on a daily basis. The laptops were checked out to individual students with the understanding that these devices would move with your child from grade level to grade level each year and would serve as their primary tool for technology use at school throughout their career in MISD.

In an effort to consistently reflect on best practices for our youngest learners with technology the decision has been made to modify the 1:The World program at elementary. Students will continue to have access to a personal device for learning at school, however, they will no longer travel to and from school. Student devices will be stored in the classroom for use as necessary, but parents should not be expecting them to return home each night as was our previous practice. We believe that elementary students will have opportunities to grow in their understanding of how to be quality and responsible users of technology by practicing within their school environment. As they leave us for 6th grade, their personal laptop will travel with them for use in middle school and at home. Any incidents with laptops from the 2020-21 school year will be removed from your child’s inventory record and annual usage fees will no longer be charged for any elementary student. Students may continue to customize their personal MISD device with a cover of their choice or school-appropriate stickers etc. and all devices will be stored in locked cabinets while not in use.

What is the classroom standard for technology access in McKinney ISD’s PK-5 classrooms?

  • PK-1: Class set of iPads managed by MISD’s technology department

  • 2nd grade: class sets of laptop computers stored in carts

  • Grades 3-5: Individual laptops checked out to students that will move from grade level to grade level on a 5-year refresh plan. Devices will be stored in classroom carts but will not travel from school to home

What changes are being implemented this year?

  • In order to grow students in their understanding of digital citizenship, internet safety, and responsible use of technology, laptops will be checked out to individual elementary students in grades 3-5, however, they will not travel to and from school until students arrive in middle school in the 6th grade. Last year, students in 4th and 5th grade took their devices home each day. This year, students in grades 3-5 will NOT travel to and from school with their individual laptops. All student devices at elementary will be stored in classrooms in charging carts to be used during the school day only.

  • Annual laptop fees are no longer required

Why did the model for technology access at elementary schools change, specifically for students in 4th, and 5th grade?

  • The decision was made to reset and adjust expectations for our elementary students using 1:1 technology in order to provide “training wheels” for elementary students. MISD district leadership believes that 1:1 instructional technology will be best leveraged by ensuring our youngest users have the opportunity to grow in their understanding of using technology responsibly and safely while supported by their teachers in a blended learning classroom.

Meet Our Bennett 2021-2022 PTO Board

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Join All Things Bennett PTO - Visit Their Website

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Bennett PTO Community Sponsors - We Appreciate YOU

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PTO Gold Sponsor - Dragonfly Martial Arts

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PTO Bronze Sponsor - 4 Alarm Roofing

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PTO Bronze Sponsor - Matilda Jane Clothing

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Support Our BEARS - Quick & Easy Ways When You Shop

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PTO Sponsored Spirit Nights - Save the Dates

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Save the Date - Bennett's PTO Year at a Glance

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