Badgerline

A guide to all things Bennington Elementary

Friday, October 8, 2021

Important Upcoming Dates


  • October 12th/13th Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00-8:00 pm (see links below)
  • October 13th PTO Food Night; Runza (Bennington) 5:00 - 8:00 pm (originally 10/12)
  • October 14th No School; Teacher Inservice
  • October 15th No School
  • October 18th PTO Meeting 7:00 pm
  • October 22nd Spirit Day - GO BADGERS!
  • October 25-29th - Red Ribbon Week (dress up days below)
  • October 29th Fall Class Parties

Fall Celebration - October 29th Parade and Party

Bennington Elementary will hold fall celebrations on October 29th.


We will have our costume parade from 1:40-2:00. The parade will be outdoors and will be streamed on our YouTube channel.


At 2:00 students will begin their celebrations in classrooms. Two room parents per classroom will be permitted. Parents signed up at the beginning of the year through PTO to be room parents. The room parents for our fall celebrations have been notified and have started to work on planning classroom activities.


** If this practice continues regarding only allowing two parents per classroom, the PTO will work to offer an additional sign up if new parents are interested in planning and leading the parties. It is important that when considering signing up, you will be asked to taken an active role in the planning, preparation, and facilitation of the celebrations.**

Mrs. O'Connor was DUNKED!

Mrs. O'Connor set an incentive for students to reach their FUN RUN goal of pledging $40,000. Thanks to our amazing students and community, we surpassed that goal!


The top 2 earners in each class got the chance to drunk Mrs. O'Connor. Let's just say our kids have good aim! Mrs. O'Connor spent more time underwater than above and she loved every minute of seeing the kids scream with excitement!

ELEMENTARY LUNCH/BREAKFAST MENU CHANGES - please read

Due to manufacturer and staffing shortages, we are forced to make changes to the October 2021 menu and the rest of the 21-22 school year. We have the updated October menu at the bottom of the Badgerline.


Please note, the changes to the lunch menu include offering one alternate instead of two alternates. We will offer Yogurt, Cheese Stick and Bagel on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with exception of early dismissal days. On Tuesday and Thursday we will offer the EZ Jammer. No changes were made to the October breakfast menu.

Cardio Drumming

Mrs. Schaffart and Mr. Johanek led cardio drumming this week! After receiving a grant from the Bennington Public Schools Foundation, they have began putting their equipment to use. Students got some exercise while singing and following rhythm and beats. Students will do this at the end of every quarter. Thank you to all involved, the students had a BLAST!

Veteran's Day Programs - November 11th

Bennington Elementary will celebrate Veterans Day with a program the morning of November 11th at 8:30AM.


Pine Creek will host the district - sponsored program November 11th at 10:00AM.


To proudly display photos of Veterans from our community, please send Veteran photos to eschaffart@bennps.org along with their Name/Branch of the military. You may also upload them using this link to share with Pine Creek for the district program. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdT6k-zdfAtIggFkAH9t2uSNKSSsSQkYDe-aoiV0hZOnqNolQ/viewform

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LUNCH WITH YOUR CHILD

Thank you to the Trinity/Gavin Howard family for your participation in the Foundation Gala Event. One of the items to bid on was to have lunch with your child(ren) and 3 friends. Looks like they enjoyed themselves in the outdoor classroom area.

COVID-19 Information

For possible positive cases within our Elementary Buildings, there are steps that differ between Vaccinated and UnVaccinated. At this time, we understand that Elementary Students do not have the option to receive a vaccination, but if that should change this explains how it would affect the close contact experience:


  • First case in a classroom: All self-monitor unvaccinated wear a mask until 14 days have passed from the last exposure to the positive case.
  • Second case in the same classroom: Within 14 days of the first case, all self-monitor and unvaccinated wear a mask (i.e. vaccinated do not have to wear a mask at that step. Unvaccinated choosing to NOT mask at this step will not be allowed to attend school) This occurs until 14 days have passed from the last exposure to the positive second case.
  • Third case in the same classroom: Within 14 days of the first case, the school district will consult with DCHD to determine further mitigation measures; may include quarantine.
  • The health department recommends if a household member tests positive for COVID-19, that the unvaccinated other household members quarantine. Your child’s school’s front office staff will be able to assist you in determining a safe return to school date for your child should this event occur within your household.


We will once again send staff and students home who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms.


COVID-19 Symptom Lists:

Students and staff with any one (1) of the following symptoms will be sent home:

New Cough, New Onset of Shortness of Breath, New Loss of Taste or Smell


Students and staff with any two (2) of the following symptoms will be sent home:

Fever 100.4 F. or Above, Chills, Muscle Aches, Headache, Sore Throat, Nausea or Vomiting, Diarrhea, Fatigue


Please continue to communicate with us if a household member of your student has tested positive for COVID-19. If the student is Unvaccinated, the student must quarantine at home away from the positive individual. They may return to school with a negative COVID-19 test on Day 5 or later from the last time they were in close contact with the household member and may return to school after Day 7. The student should wear a mask and continue to self-monitor through Day 14.

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Badger Blue Spirit Days

Mark your calendars! On these days, we are looking for the class that has the highest percentage of participation. We encourage you to send your child in all the spirit wear they own...or even a blue shirt! Add those bows, socks, hair paint etc. The winning class from each grade gets to keep "Tuffy", the badger in their rooms for a month.


October 22nd

November 19th

December 17th

THESE KIDS HAVE CHARACTER!!

Congratulations to our Bennington Elementary Kids with Character! This week they get to hang our new door signs to show our appreciation and pride for being such kind kids! Be sure to take a picture next to your sign and send it to twilhelms@bennps.org so we can put your pictures up on our wall of fame!

Scholastic Book Fair Website

Please use the link below to set up an E-Wallet and shop during Book Fair Hours Oct 7 - 14th

https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=benningtonelementaryschool1


E-Wallet set up links for each grade will be in the pdf that is attached to the body of this week's Badgerline email.

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Adopt The Lounge - 4th Grade Families

Please use this link to sign up for adopt the lounge. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B084CADAD22A4FD0-adopt1

We appreciate your generosity!

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Upcoming PTO Food Nights


  • Wednesday, October 13th - Runza (Bennington) 5:00 - 8:00 pm (originally 10/12) Take the family out before or after conferences and support your school
  • Thursday, November 4th - Godfather's (Bennington) All Day

STUDENT ABSENCES/TARDIES

Communication is key. Please be sure you are notifying the office staff by either calling 238-2690 or emailing (kwitt@bennps.org and slehman@bennps.org) and your teacher(s) that your child(ren) will be out sick or gone for the day.


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 BE students are accounted for.

Bennington Preschool Peer Applications

To all families interested in having their child apply and be screened for our district's 2022-2023 preschool classrooms, please note there will be an application that opens up on October 1st through our district website, specifically on the Early Childhood Home Page.


You will find a link to a Google Form to complete with your child's information. We will send out a sign-up genius in December to those families that apply to select a screening date and time, which is required to enter our preschool lottery. We always have more applicants than we can serve, therefore this will be a first come first serve process for sign-ups. Once sign-ups are complete, we plan to screen all Peer Models in January of 2022 and complete our lottery by the end of that month. All families will be notified if their child will be placed in our preschool at the beginning of February. If any part of our process changes, we will notify each applicant's family via email.


**If you are a current three year old student in our preschool program, you do not need to complete this as you will be able to move to our four year old class automatically.***

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Birthday Treats

Parents - please do not bring in store bought (bakery) donuts or cupcakes. We still need to follow the below guidelines for the 2021-2022 school year. Thank you for understanding.
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Bennington Volleyball Club 5th and 6th grade

Clinics: November 3rd and 10th, 5-7 pm (please only sign up for one date)

$20 per athlete

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0F4BA4AD23A7FA7-volleyball


Tryout: November 17th, 5-7pm no charge (5th and 6th grade girls)

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0F4BA4AD23A7FA7-bennington


Club Information:

Fee: $600 fee payable to Sunset Volleyball Club & $65 payment to https://www.greatplainsvolleyball.org/mms when you register your athlete


Provided by club:

  • Qualified coaches

  • Practices from Dec-end of March approx. 16 practices

  • 5 Tournaments

  • 2 T-shirt jerseys

  • Volleyball

  • 8 kids per team (hoping to have 2 teams)

  • Gym rental


  • Fee is due November 30th. If you need to make payments for the fee please contact me.


All practices will be on Wednesday’s at Bennington Elementary from 5-7pm.


Jodi Rogert

jrogert1229@gmail.com


Bennington Public Library - Monthly Programs

For elementary age students and families:


1st Saturday @ 11 AM Read to a Dog

1st & 3rd Wednesday @ 3:45 PM Lego Club

1st & 3rd Saturday @ 3:45 PM Lego Club

2nd & 4th Wednesday @ 3:45 PM STEAM

2nd Tuesday @ 3:45 PM Golden Sower Book Club (8-12 year olds)

Friday, October 29th 4:00-5:30 PM Freaky Fun Friday Halloween Party


If you have any questions, please contact Angel Peterson @ 402-238-2201 or email

http://benningtonlibrary.org

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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.