Bennett Bear Business Newsletter

Week of October 26, 2020

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Parent-Teacher Conference Day - October 26th

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Tomorrow is the day our Bennett staff will be hosting parent teacher conferences. All Bennett certified teachers will be available for conferences. If you would like a conference with your child’s teacher, please email your child's teacher. Additionally, your child ‘s teacher may also reach out and request a conference be held.

If there is a specific topic you want to discuss, please let your child’s teacher know in advance. For any students that switched their learning preference from virtual to F2F or vice versa for the 2nd Quarter, this conference will be held in conjunction with your child's Quarter 1 teacher and your child's Quarter 2 teacher, if available.

Thank you for partnering with us for your child’s success. We look forward to seeing YOU virtually.

Proud to be a BEAR,


Monday, October 26th - No School for Students

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Quarter 1 Report Cards Available in Home Access Center

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All McKinney ISD parents now have access to your child's Quarter 1 report card in the Home Access Center (HAC) online located on the McKinney ISD webpage. Click the link below to access HAC.

On Friday, October 23rd, in-person learners brought home a report card envelope with their Quarter 1 report card and MAP data. Please review your child's report card and MAP data with your child to discuss all the great things they are learning at school, as well as things we may need to continue to work on in Quarter 2.

If you are a parent of a virtual learner, we have a hard copy of your child's Quarter 1 report card and MAP data available and ready to pick up in the Bennett office.

We are so proud of our BEARS and their accomplishments during Quarter 1. Let us know if you need anything. We've got this!

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

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MISD Paraprofessional Job Fair - October 29th

Time Change - October Friday Live - Virtual Style - October 30, at 2:30

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Friday Live Update for Virtual Students Recognized in October

Our virtual October BEARS of the Month may come up to school from 8:30AM-2:00PM on Friday, October 30th, to get their October BEAR of the Month certificate and award from the front office prior to Friday Live starting virtually on our Bennett Elementary Facebook page at 2:30PM, when we go LIVE.

If there are virtual students that earn the October Creed Award, they are welcome to join us for our October Creed Lunch on Monday, November 2nd, at 11:00AM. We will enjoy lunch outside the front of the school and our virtual Creed winners will get their trophy at our Creed Lunch.

McKinney ISD Laptop Information

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Laptops were provided to 4th and 5th graders through the MISD 1:The World Laptop Initiative. We hope students are enjoying them and having 1:1 access to technology. This is a reminder that the MISD 1:The World Laptop Initiative has an annual assurance fee. The fee is located in each student’s HAC account and is $30 ($15 for free/reduced lunch).

*Please note: 3rd grade students do not pay the assurance fee**

The annual fee covers the first incident of accidental damage, theft, fire, water damage, or vandalism with no deductible. A police report is required within 24 hours of reporting theft of a device. Subsequent incidents over the life of the computer will require a $125 deductible.

Fees may be paid through HAC using a credit/debit card, or in person to the campus secretary by check, cash, or money order. Please make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off when adding your payment information. This link shows how to make a payment in HAC. If you have multiple students, you must pay each student fee separately, under their name in HAC. The system can not recognize multiple students on a single payment.

Students will be issued a new laptop on a 5-year rotation. The one-time, zero dollar deductible, will reset when a new computer is issued to a student at the 5-year mark.

The fee must be paid in full by Dec. 17th. After this date, any student with an outstanding assurance fee will have their laptop restricted to a whitelist of academic resources only. These students will not have access to anything other than the 59 applications necessary to “do school.” This restriction will be in place until the fee is paid or removed in HAC.

All of this information is detailed in the 1:The World handbook and includes a sample price list of the cost to replace frequently damaged parts, should the fee not be paid.

If you have any questions, please contact Kara Lane, Bennett Secretary, at or 469-302-5402 or

Reminders from Our Counselor, Christie Thompson

Food distribution is this Saturday.

One Heart McKinney - lists many community resources.

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Veterans’ Day is November 11th, and we’d like for all of our Bennett Bears to meet some veterans and hear their stories.

  1. Think of a veteran in your life: a neighbor, a relative, a friend, and ask him/her for an interview.
  2. Ask the veteran to either wear a portion of the his/her uniform or to show us an artifact.
  3. Choose a question you’d like for the veteran to answer. They only have up to 3 minutes to talk, so make it good!
  4. Record a short flipgrid video of you interviewing the veteran, or send the link so that (s)he can record from a distance:
  5. That’s it! We will share these videos on November 11th, to celebrate Veterans’ Day at Bennett. Help us make it a success!!!

Warm regards,

Christie N. Thompson
School Counselor

504 Campus Coordinator


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Specials' Team - October Newsletter

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October Sign Up Genius For Lunch Visitors

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November Sign Up Genius For Lunch Visitors

BEARS Celebrating a Birthday in October & November

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October Birthdays:

25 - Reese, Ms. Greenlee - 2nd Grade Teacher

27 - Brooklyn, Dillon, Violet, Nolan

28 - William, Trevor, Kinley, Benjamin, Holly, Ms. Snyder - 4th Grade Teacher

31 - Isabel, Mason, Ms. Ledino - LSSP

November Birthdays:

1 - Cash, Ariahn

2 - Angela, Isaac, Tanyah

3 - Lawson

4 - Hazel, Faith, Tanaiya

5 - Liam, Jacob

6 - Arabella, Griffin

8 - Camden, McKinley

9 - Gavin

10 - Moon, Nick, Teagan, Braden, Lyla

11 - Erin

12 - Sydney

13 - Carlos

14 - Chase

15 - Landon

16 - Brynlee, Lauren, Mrs. Cox - 3rd Grade Teacher

18 - Lexi, Gabrielle, Amanda

19 - Colette, Shiloh

21 - Cynthia

22 - Aidan, Mason, Noah, Ethan, Tyler

23 - Elpis, Sachi

25 - Niko, Maisie, Christian, Lily, Mrs. Stephens - Diagnostician

26 - Mackenzie, Micah, Kashton

27 - Grant, Harry

29 - Office Mo - School Resource Officer

Bennett's Spirit Days - 2020-2021

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Appreciation Days for 2020-2021

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Upcoming Events for our BEARS

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October Events for our BEARS

Friday, October 23rd - Friday, October 30th:

Red Ribbon Week - Details Below

Friday, October 23rd:

Red Ribbon Week: Be Happy, Be Brave, Be Healthy - Wear red to kick off Red Ribbon Week

PTO's Trunk or Treat - 6:00PM-7:30PM

Monday, October 26th:

Parent Teacher Conference Day - Virtually

Tuesday, October 27th:

Red Ribbon Week: Be Happy, Be Brave, Be Healthy – Reach your dreams by making healthy choices! - *Wear pajamas

PTO sponsored "Palios" Spirit Night - 4:30PM-9:30PM

Wednesday, October 28th:

Red Ribbon Week: Be Happy, Be Brave, Be Healthy – Build a better you by making healthy choices! *Wear lego-inspired colors or clothes today.

Thursday, October 29th:

Red Ribbon Week: Be Happy, Be Brave, Be Healthy – Give unhealthy choices the boot. *Wear boots today.

Friday, October 30th:

Red Ribbon Week: Be Happy, Be Brave, Be Healthy – Together we can make healthy choices. *Wear your red Bennett Bear Spirit T-Shirt or your favorite Bennett Spirit Wear.

TIME CHANGE - Friday Live - 2:30PM - Virtually - Our virtual BEARS of the Month may come up to school from 8:30AM-2:00PM on Friday, October 30th, to get their BEAR of the Month certificate and award from the front office prior to Friday Live at 2:30PM.

November Events for our BEARS

Monday, November 2nd:

October Creed Lunch at 11:00AM - outside the front of school

Tuesday, November 3rd:

PTO Fundraiser Kicks Off - more details to come

Wednesday, November 4th:

*Virtual Students will be invited to school from 8:00AM-9:00AM to have their picture taken

*No lunch visitors this day, as we will be using the stage to take individual pictures

Friday, November 6th:

PTO Sponsored Carter Blood Drive at Bennett - see flyer below

Monday, November 9th:

Staff Development Waiver Day - No School for Students

Wednesday, November 11th:

Individual Picture Day

Friday, November 13th:

World Kindness Day

November Friday Live - Virtual Style - 2:30PM

Monday, November 16th:

November Creed Lunch at 11:30 - outside the front of school

Wednesday, November 18th:

Progress Reports go home

Monday, November 23rd-Friday, November 27th:

Thanksgiving Break

Important Information from Nurse Tiffany

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McKinney ISD Alpha Information

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The Amazing Bennett PTO

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