Bennett Bear Business Newsletter

Week of August 8, 2021

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Only FOUR More Days Until Our BEARS Are Back at School

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Nurse News from Nurse Tiffany

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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

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.

MISD Health Information & Forms - See Below

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

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued guidance that allows schools to offer meals to all students at no cost for the 2021-2022 school year. McKinney will be participating in the USDA waivers for free meals once again this school year. Healthy meals will be offered every school day to all students at no cost.

Typically, a student’s household must meet income eligibility requirements to qualify for free or reduced-price meals. While no application or eligibility determination is required for your student to receive free meals this school year, income eligibility requirements will likely resume in the 2022-2023 school year. As such, McKinney ISD will process household applications during School Year 2021-2022 to ensure student eligibility for free or reduced-price meals during the first 30 days of the 2022-2023 school year

Starting on August 3rd, MISD will begin processing online applications, as well as accepting written applications. Food Service strongly encourages families to apply online this year, however, we will provide schools with paper applications. Every school will be distributed a minimal amount of paper applications for parents to pick up if requested. We are asking each school to communicate or post the following link in newsletters, social media, or other forms of communication

James Shoemake

McKinney ISD

Resident District Manager

August Breakfast Menu

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August Lunch Menu

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Important Information from Our Counselor - Mrs. Thompson

While the USDA has approved another year of free breakfast and lunch for all students, if you think you qualify for free/reduced lunch, please fill out the online application. There are many benefits that are attached to qualifying for free/reduced lunch.

MISD Counseling Impact Groups

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I’m excited to announce that we will have small group counseling sessions this year, led by Bennett’s IMPACT counselor, Christyna Skidmore.

These 4-session groups will focus on conflict resolution & healthy relationships, self-regulation, impulse control, and/or executive functioning skills.

Parents, teachers, administrators, students, and the counselor are all invited to recommend students for group sessions. Parents must give consent for their students to participate.

Click here to refer a student.

Meet Our 2021-2022 PTO Board

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Bennett PTO Website - One Stop Shop for All Things PTO - Skip the Lines at Bennett Blast Off by Shopping Online

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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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Bennett Blast Off - Meet the Teacher - Tuesday, August 10th

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Chalk the Walk with PTO - Wednesday, August 11th

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Happy 1st Day of School - Thursday, August 12th

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NEW - Need to Change Your Child's Dismissal Form - Must Complete by 2:30PM

PTO Sponsored Tears & Cheers - Thursday, August 12th

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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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Join Us for Popsicles in the Park to Kick Off PTO Sponsored Watch DOGS - Monday, August 23rd

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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.

NEW Carpool/Walk Up Signs for All BEARS

Get excited, BEARS! With a new school year, comes NEW carpool/walk-up tags for everyone. Each family will receive their child's NEW tags at Bennett Blast Off on Tuesday, August 10th. Your child's NEW tags will be in their homeroom classroom at Bennett Blast Off for you to pick up to use starting on the first day of school on Thursday, August 12th.

**Please Note - Parents will need their child's carpool/walk-up sign every day for dismissal. If you don't have your child's carpool/walk-up sign, you will be asked to go into the front office to check out your child.

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Bennett's Arrival & Dismissal Details

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Bennett's Arrival & Dismissal Map

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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.

Bennett's Instructional Schedule for Our BEARS

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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

Upcoming Events for our BEARS

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August Events:

Friday, August 6th:

Welcome videos sent to families, at 2:30PM

Tuesday, August 10th:

Bennett Blast Off - "Meet the Teacher" - Come & Go Event

*5:00PM-6:00PM - NEW Bennett Families come to school

*6:00PM-7:00PM - Returning Bennett Families come to school

Wednesday, August 11th:

Chalk the Walk with PTO - 7:30PM

Thursday, August 12th:

Happy 1st Day of School

*7:15AM - Doors open for Breakfast

*7:30AM-8:00AM - Parents & students walk to their child's classroom

*8:00AM - Instructional day begins

*8:00AM-8:30AM - PTO sponsored "Tears & Cheers"in the cafeteria

*8:30AM - 13th Annual Flag Raising Ceremony at the flag pole

*3:07PM - Dismissal

Monday, August 16th:

Dyslexia Services Begin

Tuesday, August 17th:

Alpha (GT) Supply & Say Hi - Webb Elementary - 5:00PM-7:00PM

Friday, August 19th:

*News Crew Applications Due

* Alpha (GT) Supply & Say Hi - Webb Elementary - 5:00PM-7:00PM

Monday, August 23rd:

*Alpha Services Begin

*Kindergarten Color RED Day

*PTO sponsored "Popsicles in the Park" & Watch DOGS Kick-Off - 7:00PM-8:00PM

Tuesday, August 24th:

*Kindergarten Color WHITE Day

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

Wednesday, August 25th:

Kindergarten Color YELLOW Day

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

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

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 to come

Tuesday, September 28th:

Picture Day

Thursday, September 30th:

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

Kindergarten School Supply List

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1st Grade School Supply List

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2nd Grade School Supply List

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3rd Grade School Supply List

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4th Grade School Supply List

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5th Grade School Supply List

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McKinney ISD Alpha Dates for 2021-2022

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McKinney ISD Academic Calendar - 2021-2022 School Year

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New MISD Covid Sign

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PTO Spirit Nights & Fundraising Opportunities

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

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About Us

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Thank you for sharing your BEARS with us each and every day! It is an honor and privilege to serve your family. Please let Kassie and me know if there is anything else we can do to support your BEAR and family.