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Upcoming Important Dates

  • November 21st - Raise Right Due (Scrip; see below)
  • November 22nd - PTO Food Night; Runza 144th & Ida
  • November 23rd - 25th Thanksgiving Break; No School
  • November 27th - Santa Claus; @ Benn Elem; 1:00 - 3:00
  • November 28th - December 8th - Food Drive
  • November 29th - Bennington Gives Day
  • November 30th - Spelling Bee 1st/2nd 8:30; 3rd-5th 9:45
  • December 1st - Dress up day with Staff (see below)
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There will not be a Stratford Scoop next week due to the Thanksgiving break

Veterans Day Video

In honor of Veterans Day, Bennington Public Schools celebrated all veterans as Stratford Elementary held a celebration this morning. We would like to... | By Bennington Public Schools | Facebook

Lunch Reminders

As a reminder, there is no outside fast food is allowed in the building for students. Save those fast food visits for the evenings and weekends! We also ask that you refrain from putting pop in your child's lunches.

Thank you!

SmartWatch Update

Stratford would like to make you aware of a growing classroom distraction. There is an increased number of students coming to school with smartwatches. We fully understand and support this safety device when your student is unsupervised before or after school. However, these watches also allow students to receive phone calls and text messages during classroom instruction time. Private communication through the smartwatch is distracting to your student and their classmates. All student communication during school hours should be directed to the school office. If you need to contact your student during the day, please call 402-238-2941. The office will deliver the message to your student. We request that student smartwatches be placed on silent mode during the school day. You may find more information in the student parent handbook on technology school use on pages 12-13. Your student’s smartwatch will be prohibited if it becomes a distraction or violates the policy outlined in the handbook.

Spelling Bee Information

Our spelling bee will take place on November 30th. You should have been contacted if your child is participating in the spelling bee. Parents of participants are welcome to attend.

1st-2nd will begin at 8:30

3rd-5th will begin at 9:45

Cold Weather Reminders

Just a reminder to send your children to school with a warm coat, hat and mittens during our arrival and dismissal times. Kids are not let in the building until 7:55 am. Breakfast kids come in at 7:45, but return back outside. With our winter weather (snow) approaching, snow boots and snow pants are a must if snow is present at recess.

Please label all of their belongings. If not labeled, our lost and found grows.

3rd-5th Progress Letters have been posted on Nebsis

Sidewalks are Safest!

As the weather gets colder, we understand that running up the hill gets you home faster, but we ask that student use the sidewalks at all times. Please do not come down or go up the grass hill during arrival and dismissal. Thank you!
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Spirt Day Winners

Today was quite the showcase of our Stratford SPIRIT! One class per grade was awarded with our spirit day winner trophy for having the most school spirit. The winners this month are:

Kdg - Mrs. Schwing

1st - Miss Wilhelms

2nd - Mrs. Carlson

3rd - Mrs. Lum

4th - Mr. Miner

5th - Mrs. Edens

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These Stratford Stars Shine Bright!

Each week, one student from every grade level will be selected to receive our student of the week door sign. The staff at Stratford Elementary are so proud of these students for displaying responsible, respectful, safe, and kind behavior. Congratulations!

PTO - Parent Teacher Organization

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Raise Right

Time to order your gift cards! Start your holiday shopping, spoil a teacher or just buy cards to the places you regularly shop.

NEW THIS YEAR! Order your gift cards online and have them shipped or emailed directly to you!

You can also have them shipped to the coordinator and the PTO will cover the shipping!

Register at

The Stratford PTO enrollment code is: SMC3TI5LU615

Order by November 21st. Gift cards will be delivered to school by Dec 7th, if you choose the "ship to coordinator" option.

If you have any questions, please contact Miranda at

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Looking for youth sport and activity information?

In the past we have included flyers for youth sporting events, leagues, or other activities in the Bennington area. Those flyers and sign up information will now be housed on the district website under the communication tab. Select community youth activities to find upcoming events. Here is a direct link to that page.


Communication is key. Please be sure you are notifying the office staff by either calling

402-238-2941 or emailing, and your teacher(s) that your child(ren) will be out sick or gone for the day. One email to all of us is perfect.

If you're just running late or your student is coming in after an appointment, we would like to know. We just want to make sure all of our SE students are accounted for.

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2022-2023 School Calendar

Bennington Public Schools has again added early release dates to the annual school calendar to allow our staff to collaborate, plan, and develop as teams and in preparing the best educational plan for the children. Please put these early release dates into your calendars now.
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Bennington Public Schools Mission

The Mission of Bennington Public Schools is to provide opportunities in a safe, caring environment that will prepare all students to meet the challenges of the future.

Notice of Nondiscrimination: Bennington Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, or other protected status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.