Bennett Bear Business Newsletter

Week of March 16, 2020

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Dear Amazing Bennett Families,

We hope our BEARS have enjoyed their first week of spring break with family and friends. McKinney ISD has made the decision to extend spring break for another week. Therefore, all McKinney ISD schools will be closed the week of March 16-20, 2020. This includes all district and extracurricular programs, as well as, Club 360.

Due to this extended District closing, McKinney ISD will be using our two bad weather days which were scheduled for April 10th and April 27th. We will be attending school on these days.

McKinney ISD provides many digital tools to support in-class learning, and our students will have access to these resources this week while at home. Below are MISD digital learning resources, as well as, additional resources our students can access from home for continued student learning if you are looking for educational ways to keep your child engaged.

McKinney ISD is following updates and staying in close contact with city, state, and health officials. All MISD updates will be posted online here: .

Proud to be a BEAR,


McKinney ISD Digital Resources for Learning at Home

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Nightly Facebook Live Book Readings - Monday-Friday

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Bennett Learning Commons Online Resources for Students

The Bennett Learning Commons has many online resources available to students 24/7.

By logging in to the Bennett Library Home Page, students have access to online subscriptions. Username and password information is revealed when students log in. Please use the Accessing MISD & Bennett Online Resources Handout (see below) to learn how to gain access to these resources.

Encourage your student to read 20 minutes a day. If access to physical books is limited, students have access to thousands of ebooks through the SORA app (fiction), Overdrive (fiction), Tumblebooks (fiction) Follett (nonfiction and fiction), GVRL (nonfiction) and Pebble Go (nonfiction). Information about these resources may be found on the Bennett Learning Commons Google Site.

Don't forget, students may also access the Bennett Makerspace and Learning Commons Google Site from home. There are many activities that students may engage in without access to Makerspace tools, such as Scratch and Hour of Code.

Accessing MISD & Bennett Online Resources Handouts

Go Noodle - FREE Site & App for Kids

Go Noodle is used widely in our school and district for brain breaks. Go Noodle has made their site and app free. Parents are able to use without creating an account on the website by clicking “Get Started” but you may want to create an account if you would like. Our students are very familiar with Go Noodle and LOVE to dance!
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Encourage Students to Read 20 Minutes A Day

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Kids Always Have Questions - Extend Their Learning Here

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Wonderopolis is FREE and easy to use with 2,500+ articles on all kinds of curious questions. Wonder sparks curiosity that leads to deeper learning. Let the questions begin!

McKinney ISD Grab & Goal Meals - FREE to ALL McKinney ISD Students

UPDATE: Vega Elementary & Malvern Elementary have been added to meal pickup locations on Tuesday-Friday, March 17-20, 2020.

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3rd 9 Weeks Report Cards - Available in HAC on Wednesday, March 18th

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Parents may view their child's 3rd 9 weeks report card in the Home Access Center (HAC) on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. A hard copy of each child's report card will be sent home with students upon our return to school.

Link to the Home Access Center (HAC):

If your child is served in Special Education, an electronic copy of their Progress Report will be sent to you electronically by their SPED teacher on Wednesday, March 18th, 2020.

Additional Enrichment Activities

PTO Sponsored Variety Show - Will Be Rescheduled - Details to Come

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Parent Feedback Form