Benninghoven Family Newsletter

Week of Jan. 10th

Vision: A place where everyone pursues their greatness.

Knight Families,

Happy New Year and our second semester of this school year! We as a team, were excited to welcome back students on Wednesday. We were hit with some really cold days and appreciate your extra patience at arrival and dismissal.

This week on Friday, we held our school Spelling Bee and invited families of participants to view the event virtually. Congratulations to Jameson Justice from Mrs. Shultz's 4th grade class that qualified as the Benninghoven winner for this school year. Molly Jones, a 6th grade student in Mrs. Reynold's homeroom class is the runner up. Jameson will move forward to the county bee later this month. Good luck!

As county COVID numbers rise, we continue to ask for cooperation to monitor your child. Please reach out to Nurse Riffel if your child is exposed to someone that tests positive, or is experiencing symptoms. More detailed information is included below.

When I meet with my team each week, we acknowledge the challenges, unknowns, questions, and uncertainties. But we also pause and reflect on WHO WE ARE as a BH community! I truly believe Benninghoven has some of the greatest staff, students, parents, and community that will TOGETHER help us be successful! Thank you for partnering with us and the daily trust you embrace.

Thanks for all you do! Stay safe!

Have a wonderful weekend,

All the best,

Anna Jensen, Principal

Dates to Remember

Jan. 12: Mathletics Competition at Ray Marsh

Jan. 12: Skate Party 6:00-8:00pm ***Flyer in PTA Info.***
Jan. 13: MVP Training at Benninghoven, MPR 5:30-6:30 ***More info below***

Jan. 17: MLK Jr. Day, NO SCHOOL and Offices Closed

Jan. 20: SMNW Orchestra Festival, 7 pm

Jan. 21: SMNW Band Festival, 7 pm

Jan. 24-28: Kindness Week

Specials Rotation

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COVID Info and Contacting Nurse Riffel--- PLEASE READ

Benninghoven Families,

If your child has been exposed to someone that has test positive for COVID, or is experiencing symptoms, please contact Nurse Riffel.


Include the following: (a copy and paste of this list below in your email is great!)

Name of student(s):

Student Date of Birth:

Best phone/email to reach you:

Date of exposure to positive case of COVID:

Does your student have symptoms of COVID?

Date of symptom onset (if student has symptoms):

Is student able to isolate from the positive case of COVID?

Has your student received a COVID test?

What type of test? PCR, antigen?

Test result? Positive/negative

If no test obtained yet, please schedule a PCR test asap.

Once the above information is received, you will be contacted your with next steps. Please stay home until then and contact Amy or Nicole in the front office for attendance.

Updated Event Guidelines - Effective Jan. 3rd, 2022 (Repeat)

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21-22 Updated Mitigation Plan (Repeat)

To view the full Mitigation Plan for second semester, please visit the link below.

MVP (Volunteer) Info. (Repeat)

With the updates in the Winter Mitigation Plan, we will be hosting an MVP training onsite at Benninghoven on Thursday, January 13 from 5:30-6:30 in the MPR.

Please visit the SMSD website for more information on the program and training opportunities within the district.

Covid Info. and Vaccine Updates (Repeat)

As we prepare for second semester and the likelihood of increased COVID cases after winter break, we are asking parents of students who have received the vaccine to provide documentation of their student’s COVID vaccine to the school nurse. While COVID vaccine documentation is not required, it helps the school nurses in two ways:

1. Students who are asymptomatic, with documentation of being fully vaccinated, are not excluded from school if exposed to a positive case.

2. Nurses can better estimate the number of fully vaccinated students in a building which is useful information when there are outbreaks.

Again, while COVID vaccine documentation is not required, it would be helpful to the school nurses.

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Vaccine Clinic Info (also emailed from SMSD Communications) (Repeat)

SMSD Vaccination Clinics

The Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD) is working with community partners to host FREE vaccination clinics in our schools.

  • All clinics offer 1st doses, 2nd doses, and boosters to individuals 5 years old and up.
  • Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson will be available at each clinic as supplies are available.
  • Clinics are open to SMSD students and their family members, and SMSD staff and their family members. Clinics are also advertised publicly and community members may attend.
  • If you have it, please bring your insurance card, driver’s license/proof of address, and COVID vaccination card (for Dose 2 and boosters).
  • If you forget your vaccination card, another one will be provided to you.
  • Remember to wear clothing that allows access to the upper arm/shoulder.
  • Parents are required to attend and provide consent for vaccination.

Dec. 9th, 3:30pm-6pm

Comanche Elementary

8200 Grant, Overland Park, KS

Jan 11, 4pm-7pm Dose 2

Dec. 13th, 5pm-7pm

Rosehill Elementary

9801 Rosehill Road, Lenexa, KS

Jan 10, 5pm-7pm Dose 2

Dec. 15th, 5pm-7pm

Shawanoe Elementary

11230 W 75th St, Shawnee, KS

Jan 10, 5pm-7pm Dose 2

Dec 15th, 3:30pm-6pm

Overland Park Elementary

8150 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS

Jan 11, 3:30pm-6pm Dose 2

Dec 20th, 5pm-7pm

Center for Academic Achievement

8200 W. 71st St, Overland Park, KS

Jan 18, 5pm-7pm Dose 2

Jan 13th, 3:30pm-7pm

Crestview Elementary

6101 Craig St., Merriam, KS

Feb 9, 3:30pm-7pm Dose 2

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Quick Links

ABCD Calendar for Specials

Specials Return to a daily schedule this year. Please refer to this link for your child's rotation

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News from your PTA

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