Benninghoven Family Newsletter

Week of Jan. 24th

Vision: A place where everyone pursues their greatness.

Knight Families,


I can't believe this is happening....but your weekly Family Newsletter may be making into your inbox before the end of the school week!


It has been another busy, cold, and amazing week at Benninghoven. Students returned on Tuesday with a lot of energy after the long weekend, and were ready to learn. We had a staff morning arrival crew that braved the cold each day and welcomed every student. I continue to be surrounded by the BEST CREW!


Next week we kick off Kindness Week! The timing for this positivity is wonderful and we are so excited to share the events with our students and community. Please read the information included below and pay special attention to the graphics! We will have a SPIRIT WEEK, as well as many special activities.


I also want to take a moment to mention the district communication that was sent to you all last week regarding the possibility of remote learning. Our school team has been working through the development of a plan should this occur, as well as taking a few moments in class to walk students through the process (getting onto the device with Webex, entering log in information, Canvas page access). With all of that said, I want to let you know that our current process for devices at the building level will remain the same. PK-2nd grade will continue to keep their i-pads at school, and we will only send these home if necessary. 3rd-6th grade will continue to bring i-pads home as has been the process as school year. Please reach out to your child's teacher or myself directly if you have questions!


Have a wonderful weekend. Stay warm!


All the best,

Anna Jensen, Principal

Dates to Remember

Jan. 24-28: KINDNESS WEEK! More information below for a wonderful week!

Jan. 24: Student Council Meeting, 3:30-4:00

Jan. 28: 4th Grade Kansas Day

Jan. 29: Johnson County Spelling Bee


Feb. 3: Spring Conferences, 5-8 pm (more info below)

Feb. 4: Spring Conferences, 8-3:30 pm, NO SCHOOL for students

Feb. 4: Pre-K and Kindergarten 2022-2023 Open Enrollment begins

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It is KINDNESS WEEK Jan. 24th-28th

Dear Benninghoven Families,

During the week of January 24-28, Benninghoven students and staff, along with all Shawnee Mission schools and millions of others throughout the world will be participating in the 2022 Great Kindness Challenge! We have a great week of activities planned starting with a special morning greeting crew on Monday featuring Benny the Knight and members of our Shawnee Police Department!


Students will be working on their Kindness Challenge Checklists throughout the week at school AND at home and we invite you to join in the week with your student(s) by downloading the Family Edition Checklist (it can be found below or through The Great Kindness Challenge App)!


Below you will find a schedule of the week's events at Benninghoven. Please visit our PTA website http://www.benninghovenpta.org for complete details, downloads, and Spanish versions of the checklists!


We are excited for a week of kindness at Benninghoven!

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COVID INFO- New Google Form Reporting to Nurse Riffel (REPEAT)

Benninghoven Families,


We are constantly working to improve and update our practices for efficiency. Effective immediately, if your child has been exposed to someone that has test positive for COVID, or is experiencing symptoms, please contact Nurse Riffel using the Google Form below.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfz1Qn8y6rg109NPVYdHJQGFzG-y909nefzpO5TqOPwMxQJ3g/viewform


Once the above information is received, you will be contacted with next steps. Please stay home until then and contact Amy or Nicole in the front office for attendance.

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Updated District Covid-19 Guidance Document (Repeat)

The District has updated the COVID Guidance Document. It can be found in INFORMATION CENTRAL, Covid-19 Information, and the second blue button.


Please refer to this document for questions about what to do when your child tests positive, are symptomatic, or are exposed. The link is also included below.


https://resources.finalsite.net/images/v1642178360/smsdorg/tiwcawcjkvqekd3xf2ji/COVID19StaffStudentsGuidance1-12-22-B.pdf

We need your help - Morning Arrival! (Repeat)

As a reminder, students should be dropped off using the front circle drive. If you are wanting to access the parking lot for morning arrival, STUDENTS SHOULD BE WALKED ACROSS BY A PARENT OR ADULT. We have had an increase in student's being dropped off in the parking lot and sometimes crossing the street in an unsafe manner. We also have had several families share the arrival lanes have experienced congestion, or even car collision, when families are entering the lot. We work diligently to create a flow of traffic with each group of cars, that can be disrupted by crossing traffic.


Thank you for your cooperation and attention in this matter as we strive to create the safest, and most effective building procedures we can!

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Spring Conferences (Repeat)


  • Benninghoven will host these on Feb. 3 from 5-8 pm and Feb. 4 from 8-3:30.pm
  • Conferences will be offered in-person or via WebEx according to parent preference
  • Your child's teacher will be reaching out with more information and a sign-up process.
  • We look forward to sharing updated progress for your child!

Updated Event Guidelines - Effective Jan. 3rd, 2022 (Repeat)

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21-22 Updated Mitigation Plan (Repeat)

To view the full Mitigation Plan for second semester, please visit the link below.

https://www.smsd.org/about/departments/health-services/coronavirus-or-covid-19-information

Covid Info. and Vaccine Updates (Repeat)

As we prepare for second semester and the likelihood of increased COVID cases after winter break, we are asking parents of students who have received the vaccine to provide documentation of their student’s COVID vaccine to the school nurse. While COVID vaccine documentation is not required, it helps the school nurses in two ways:

1. Students who are asymptomatic, with documentation of being fully vaccinated, are not excluded from school if exposed to a positive case.

2. Nurses can better estimate the number of fully vaccinated students in a building which is useful information when there are outbreaks.

Again, while COVID vaccine documentation is not required, it would be helpful to the school nurses.

Quick Links

ABCD Calendar for Specials

Specials Return to a daily schedule this year. Please refer to this link for your child's rotation

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News from your PTA

The “You’ve Been Knighted” fundraiser is BACK!! Click on the link below to “Knight” your favorite people!

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