Benfer Bulletin

November 2021

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Our 2021-2022 School Theme: Learning Can Take Us Anywhere

News and Reminders

  • The use of cell phones in a school zone is prohibited in the state of Texas. Families driving through the Benfer/Strack school zone or in a car rider line should not be using an electronic device. Please help us keep all Bobcats safe by not using a cell phone during school zone hours.
  • Students who are car riders should be picked up before 4:00pm each day.
  • Here is the link to our Klein ISD Health and Safety Guidelines for the school year. Please reference this information outlined by the Texas Education Agency.
  • Please help us with our younger Bobcats by putting their name, grade, and teacher’s name somewhere visible on their backpacks.

Important Dates


November 1st through November 5th- Book Fair

November 2- Literacy Night

November 4 & 5- Pizza Zone spirit nights! Mention Benfer when ordering.

November 15-19- Friendship Week

November 17- Hat Creek Spirit Night

November 18- National Parent Involvement Day

November 22-26- Thanksgiving Break (No school)

Fridays- Show your spirit by wearing your Benfer Gear or school colors, blue and orange!

Breakfast Reminders

The breakfast line closes each day at 8:00 am. If you would like your child to eat breakfast at school, they must be in the cafeteria before 8:00 am.

Afternoon Car Rider Reminders

School dismissal begins at 3:25pm. All students must be picked up from school by 4:00pm.

Holiday Support

Families who would benefit from food or other assistance for the holidays are encouraged to reach out to our counselor, Meghan Blakey, at 832-484-5933 or mblakey1@kleinisd.net.
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Atendance Counts

Attendance Matters

Benfer Elementary is dedicated to academic achievement and success for all students. Regular school attendance is an essential part of that success starting in pre-k and continuing through fifth grade. Students who are absent from school miss out on learning. Improving student attendance is a key strategy to ensure students are on-track to learn and to reach their full potential. Parents and families play a key role in making sure students get to school every day and on time.


Did You Know?

Children who miss too many days in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.


Family Tip of the Month

Talk with your child about the importance of regular attendance. Students who miss class, miss out on learning. Having good attendance will help students learn and develop the skills and attitudes essential for success in school and life.

Join us Tuesday night for Literacy Night!

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Upcoming Book Fair

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Sign up to be a Benfer Watch Dog Dad today!

Information about the program and how to sign up can be found at the link here.

Nutrition & Food Services

Click here for information on Menus and Nutrition, PayPams Account, and to apply for Free/Reduced Meals.

For your one-stop-shop for great information, be sure to visit FamilyNet by visiting https://kleinisd.net/familynet.

Benfer Info to Know

Due to limited space, parents/guardians may eat lunch with their child on assigned days below!

Monday: PreK and Kinder

Tuesday: 4th Grade

Wednesday: 3rd Grade

Thursday: 2nd Grade

Friday: 1st Grade and 5th Grade


If you are still in need of a car rider number for your family, please contact the front office.

Friendship Week Resource

During our upcoming Friendship Week, November 15-19, we'll be reviewing the following information with students to help them problem solve if they have an issue with a peer or sibling. This chart helps students understand the difference between a rude situation, a mean situation, conflict, or bullying. Students often open up to their families regarding situations at school or other team/sport activities. As a parent/guardian feel free to use this chart to help your student navigate situations as they arise. By asking how often something occurs, how your student responded to the situation, and how you can help them work through the situation, you'll get more information while also building your student's capacity to problem solve and seek help when needed.
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Counselor's Corner

Dear Families,

This month our staff and students will be focusing on showing an attitude of gratitude! At the end of each day have your child(ren) reflect on 2-3 things they're grateful for. Focusing on gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve our health, and build strong relationships.


Along with holiday resources for families, we have ongoing support through the Champion Forest Baptist Church Community Ministry Center. To locate food pick-up times at the Community Center, please click here.

From Our Librarian

Check this out from Mrs. Camp, our librarian- Love Our Library Monthly Letter

FROM OUR NURSE

Vision and Hearing screen will be coming soon. Stay tuned, date to be determined.

Cell Phone Policy

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Student cell phones must be turned off and in the student's backpack throughout the entire school day (including on the bus).


Per the Klein ISD Student Handbook, the district permits students to possess personal cell phones for safety purposes; however, these devices must remain turned off during the instructional day, including during all testing, unless they are being used for approved instructional purposes. Without such permission, teachers will collect the items and turn them in to the principal’s office.


If your student carries a cell phone to school, please review these expectations with them.

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Important Bus Information

Please be sure to check the Klein ISD Transportation Dashboard for daily AM and PM bus route infomration. Here you will find updates on bus status and delays.


https://kleinisd.net/district/facility___school_services/transportation


Updates on Benfer buses will be sent after 4:00pm. Please see link above before 4:00pm.


We are currently working to get Smart Tags for all of our students. They have been issued to most of the campus at this time, however there are some students who do not have Smart Tags yet. Blanks Smart Tags have been ordered but are currently back ordered. As soon as they come in, Smart Tags will be printed for those that do not have one. Thank you for your patience.


Smart Tags and Paper Tags have been attached to the back of all student backpacks. Please help to ensure that these tags stay on each backpack.


We are hoping that the Klein ISD Smart Tag system on the buses will be ready to go live soon for parents and families to access. Stay tuned for more information!

Dress Code Reminders

Dress and Grooming- Please assist us with enforcing our dress code which is also being enforced for our campus visitors as well


The district’s dress code teaches grooming and hygiene, prevents disruption, and minimizes safety hazards, and maintains a positive learning climate. Students and parents may determine a student’s personal dress and grooming standards, provided that they comply with the following:


  • Students may not wear a military uniform to school unless it is in conjunction with a school-approved activity.

  • Students may not wear suggestive or inappropriately located decorative patches, insignia, or clothing with improper advertising, pictures, slogans, or statements.

  • An American or any state flag or facsimile thereof may not be attached on a garment in a disrespectful manner.

  • Hats or head coverings may not be worn in the school buildings.

  • Appropriate footwear is required.

  • Any attire or accessory, including blankets, that is distracting, disruptive, or disturbing will not be permitted on school property. This includes outfits that are too short, too revealing, low-cut, see-through, or backless. Underwear-styled garments should not be worn as outerwear.

  • Hair must be clean and groomed. Any hairstyle that is distracting or disturbing will not be permitted on school property.

  • Facial hair must be neatly groomed and styled in a way that is not distracting.

  • No paraphernalia that indicates or promotes gang membership may be worn or displayed (this may include but is not limited to bandanas, chains, jewelry, hip cloths, baggy pants, tee shirts, gang writing, and color codes).

  • Tattoos, icons, and any other markings on the body that cannot be removed shall be covered at all times in an unobtrusive manner that is not disruptive to the instructional process.

  • A student who has such markings on his or her body and who wishes to participate in extracurricular activities shall ensure that the markings are covered by the standard uniform for the activity or in another appropriate manner. The principal, in cooperation with the sponsor, coach, or other person in charge of an extracurricular activity, shall regulate and enforce these guidelines.

  • Students may not wear orthodontic appliances unless prescribed by a medical dentist/ dentist.

  • Clothing or accessories may not state, imply, or depict hate speech/imagery targeting groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, or any other protected classification. Examples: swastikas, the confederate flag, othala rune, etc.

  • Sunglasses may not be worn inside the building.

  • Clothing and accessories that endanger student or staff safety may not be worn.

  • Specialized courses may require specialized attire, such as sports uniforms or safety gear.

  • The required Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) uniform dress code for both boys and girls includes khaki pants worn at the waist (no shorts, Capri pants, skirt, or dress), a solid color leather belt with a small belt buckle, a white, gray, or black shirt with a collar (no logo or writing), and white or black shoes with corresponding colored shoelaces (as needed) and a white, gray, or black sweatshirt (no logo or writing) for classroom appropriate outerwear.


If the principal determines that a student's (or parent's) grooming or clothing violates the school’s dress code, they will be given an opportunity to correct the problem at school. For students, if the problem cannot be corrected at school, the principal will work with the student and parent to obtain an acceptable change of clothing for the student in a way that minimizes loss of instructional time. Repeated or severe offenses may result in more serious disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.

Transportation Reminders


***Car Rider Arrival*** (Please see map below.)

If your child will be a car rider in the morning please read the following information:

  • Our arrival will only have one single file drop-off line. Please do not attempt to pass anyone in front of you as this is not a safe practice in the morning for our students.

  • Also, please do not drop your students off if they are not where the sidewalk begins. This will not make the process go faster, it will just be another unsafe practice for students (Safety is our #1 priority).

  • Please be sure to come through the car rider line by entering on Kuykendahl Forest Drive next to the Burger King.

  • All adults must stay in their cars while dropping off students. They are not allowed to walk their child to the classroom.


***Car Rider Dismissal*** (Please see map below.)

If your child will be a car rider in the afternoon please read the following information:

  • If you are at the front of the line where students are being brought to their cars, please do not drive off until our stop sign person gives you the ok. This is for the safety of our students moving through the lines to be placed in their cars.

  • During dismissal, if you have a car rider number already, please have it hanging in your windshield (not on the dash) and have it visible throughout the car rider process. Please do not take it down until we get your child(ren) safely to your car.

  • Please have car numbers for all you are picking up. If you do not have the car number issued by the front office, you will have to park and wait until the line is cleared.

  • If you have not received your new car rider number please contact the front office before dismissal.

  • It is extremely important that your child is aware of their car rider number. Please place their car number on their backpack and leave it there so we can expedite our car rider process to the best of our ability.


***Bus Riders***

  • Here is the LINK to the Bus Station Dashboard so you can track your child(ren)'s bus in the morning and in the afternoon.

  • We encourage parents with children in grades K-2nd to be at the bus stop or have a responsible adult meet the bus in the afternoon. This assures the bus driver that your child is in safe hands. If no one is available for this purpose, please notify the bus driver that your child can be dropped off unattended.


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Meet our Administration Team!

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