Bennett Bear Business Newsletter

Week of May 2, 2022

Welcome to the Month of May, BEARS!!!

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Congratulations, Coach Cusack, On Your New Head Coach Position!!!

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Congratulations to Our April Stuffed Animal Ticket Winner

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Join Us In Welcoming Bennett's New Part Time Instructional Coach - Morgan Montano

McKinney ISD will be providing our Bennett BEARS with a part time Instructional Coach next school year. Bennett and Walker Elementary will share Instructional Coach, Morgan Montano. Join us in giving Morgan a big BEAR welcome to our AMAZING school. Read more about Morgan below...

Hi Bennett Family! My name is Morgan Montano, and I am so excited to be a Bennett Bear as a part time instructional coach! The 2022-2023 school year will be my tenth year in McKinney ISD. I taught seven years at RJE and spent two years as an instructional coach at Webb. In my free time you can find me cheering on the Texas Tech Red Raider or spending time with my dog, Mattie. I can’t wait to get to your Bennett Bears and be apart of this family!

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Coming Soon - Pre-Order School Supply Packs for 2022-2023

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School supply packages for the 2022-23 school year will be available for preorder in early May. All orders must be placed online. We will take orders until Sunday, June 26, and then the ordering site will close. All orders placed by the June 26 deadline will be delivered directly to your Bear's classroom! Packages for every grade level are $50.

Upcoming Information On STAAR Testing & Closed Campus Information - Week of May 9th-12th

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The Bennett Playground is for Club 360 Childcare Use ONLY From 3:07PM to 6:30PM on School Days

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Dear Bennett Parents,

The Bennett playground and pavilion are reserved after school ONLY for our Bennett students that stay AND pay for the McKinney ISD Club 360 after school care program. Our Club 360 students have exclusive access to our Bennett playground and pavilion from 3:07PM to 6:30PM on school days. Your immediate assistance and help is much appreciated.

All other students and families will need to access and play at the City of McKinney A. Hardy Eubanks Jr. Park next to the school. Thank you for your time and help.



Check Out This Week's Grade Level Newsletters

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Safety Patrol Team 2 Will Assist With Arrival & Dismissal

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May Breakfast Menu

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May Lunch Menu

**MENU CHANGE** - Thursday, May 12th - Pizza Day - Friday, May 13th - Corn Dog Sack Lunch

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May Character & Digital Citizenship Trait - Gratitude

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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week - May 2nd-6th

Teacher Appreciation Week Treats from PTO for Bennett Staff

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Teacher Appreciation Week Treats from Students to Staff

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1st Grade Music Program - Thursday, May 5th - 6:00PM

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K-2nd Grade Fine Arts Night & 4th & 5th Grade Choir Performance - Thursday, May 5th

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Last Day to Check Out Books - Friday, May 13th

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Bennett Field Day - Friday, May 13th

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Senior Breakfast - Monday, May 16th - 7:30AM

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All Library Books Due Back in the Learning Commons - Monday, May 16th

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Save the Dates - Kindergarten - 4th Grade End of Year Events

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Save the Dates - 5th Grade End of Year Events

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PTO Spirit Night at Handel's - Wednesday, May 18th - 5:00PM-9:00PM

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May Bennett Live Celebrations - Friday. May 20th

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MISD Parent Notification of House Bill 4545 Requirements for STAAR for Grades 3rd-5th

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There is No "Opt Out” for STAAR Testing Requirements

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McKinney ISD Parents,

Please be aware that state law requires students in Texas public schools to take the STAAR standardized tests. There is no “opt out” for standardized tests. Failure to complete the required testing will result in 30 hours of tutoring during summer school for each test that is failed or not taken. Students who do not attend school on testing days will be required to make up tests upon their return.

Students must pass the five end-of-course (EOC) exams or an acceptable substitute in order to graduate. A student who does not perform satisfactorily on the STAAR test in no more than two courses may be permitted to graduate if an individual graduation committee determines the student is qualified to do so. By local policy, a school district may also issue a certificate of coursework completion to a student who successfully completes curriculum requirements but who fails the required state assessment tests. (Tex. Educ. Code §§ 28.025(d), .0258; 19 Tex. Admin. Code § 101.3022) Students who do not perform satisfactorily on an EOC assessment must also be provided with accelerated instruction which, again, includes 30 hours during summer school. (Tex. Educ. Code §§ 29.081, .0217)

For more information visit:


McKinney ISD

New to MISD Student Registration Open Now at Bennett

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Head Start Pre-Registration Opens for Lawson Early Childhood School - Open Now

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Pre-K Registration Open Now For Lawson Early Childhood School

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Bronco Football Youth Camp - May 24th-27th

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Save the Date - MISD Scope Camp - June 27th-30th

BEARS Celebrating a Birthday in May & June

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May Birthdays:

1 - Bennett, Braylen

2 - Easton, Ola, Mrs. Latson - 4th Grade Teacher, Mrs. Ray - Kindergarten Teacher

3 - Melody, Pierce, JoJo, Mrs. Hill - 2nd Grade Teacher

4 - Carsen

5 - Ja'Korian, Emily

7 - Brooke, Kori

10 - Avyan, Mallory

11 - Gavin, Mrs. Halpin - Assistant Principal

12 - Landon

13 - Maverick, Jun, Ebu, Cami

14 - Yusef, Dexter, Ademide, Oluwafemisola

16 - Amira, Isaac, Mrs. Crates - K-2nd Grade Alpha

17 - Mercy, Wynter, Mrs. Morris - Kindergarten Teacher

18 - Wrenley, Mrs. Stump - Office Clerk

20 - Gabe, Rehansh

21 - Abigail

22 - Olivia, JJ, Peyton

24 - Carlos

25 - Colsen, Ja'myrhia

26 - Collin, Kinsley

27 - Meghan, Aidan, Madelyn, Rory, Doyin

28 - Mabry

29 - J'nyla, Samantha

30 - Soren, Scarlett

31 - Hayden, Isaac, Leighton, Scarlett, Miguel, Ms. Holderman - Principal

June Birthdays

1 - Vivian, Aiden, Fatma, Ayden, Ms. Daubenspeck - Art Teacher

2 - Sloane

3 - Ian, Sophia, Zachary, Mrs. Krueger - Nurse

4 - Chloe

5 - Preston, Ms. Christian - 4th Grade Teacher

6 - Judah, Malacai

7 - Austin, Chase

8 - Charlie

10 - Dublin, Jentry, Anjana, Simona

11 - Nicolas

15 - Lakelynn, Nathan

16 - Dean, Kamila, Jace, Mrs. Mac - Music Teacher

17 - Joshua

18 - Liv, Colton, Cole

19 - Alyson

20 - Mrs. Abraham - 2nd Grade Teacher

21 - Kinslee, Lacey

22 - Daniel, Kennedy, John

23 - Lia, William, Harper, Mattie

25 - Ava, Tegan, Mrs. Mosley - 3rd Grade Teacher

26 - Naomi, Coach Busby - PE Aide

27 - Elise, Tylia-Lajea

28 - Jackson, Libby

30 - Christopher

Upcoming Events for Our BEARS

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May Events:

May Character Trait - Gratitude

Monday, May 2nd - Friday, May 6th:

*Teacher Appreciation Week

*Substitute Appreciation Week

*Last Week of Alpha Services

Monday, May 2nd:

*Teacher Appreciation - "Supplies You Are An Awesome Teacher" - Bring a supply item for your teacher

*Alpha Game Night - Webb Elementary - 5:30PM-7:30PM

Tuesday, May 3rd:

*Teacher Appreciation - "Teacher You Are Sweet" - Bring your teacher her favorite dessert or treat

*Boyd Bronco Football Greeters Assist with Arrival

*CoServ In-School Presentation for 5th Grade

Wednesday, May 4th:

*Teacher Appreciation - "Teacher, I am Thankful" - Bring your teacher a homemade card thanking them for being your teacher

Thursday, May 5th:

*Teacher Appreciation - "Teacher, You Deserve a Break" - Bring your teacher her favorite snack or drink to enjoy on their break

*K-2nd Grade Fine Arts Night - 6:00PM

*4th & 5th Grade Choir Performance - 7:00PM

Friday, May 6th:

*Teacher Appreciation - "Teacher, Thanks For Helping Me Grow This Year" - Bring a flower for your teacher to brighten their day

*School Lunch Hero Day

*5th Grade Crape Myrtle Presentation during Specials

*K-2 Texas 2X2 Reading Challenge Deadline

Monday, May 9th - Thursday, May 12th:

*Closed Campus to ALL Visitors & Volunteers

*STAAR Testing Week for 3rd-5th Grade

Monday, May 9th:

Closed Campus to All Visitors & Volunteers

Tuesday, May 10th:

*Closed Campus to All Visitors & Volunteers

*STAAR Math Test - 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade

Wednesday, May 11th:

*Closed Campus to All Visitors & Volunteers

*STAAR Reading Test - 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade

Thursday, May 12th:

*Closed Campus to All Visitors & Volunteers

*STAAR Science Test - 5th Grade

*STAAR Make-Up Tests

**LUNCH MENU CHANGE - Today will be Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza Day

Friday, May 13th:

*STAAR Make-Up Tests

*K-2 Field Day - 8:20AM-10:50AM

*School Wide Lunch - 11:00AM-11:45AM

**LUNCH MENU CHANGE - Today will be Corn Dog Sack Lunch Day

*3rd-5th Grade Field Day - 12:00PM-2:45PM

*Last Day to Check Out Library Books

Monday, May 16th:

*STAAR Make-Up Tests

*Senior Breakfast for Graduating High School Seniors - 7:30AM-8:15AM - Bennett Cafe

*5th Grade End of Year Celebration - Bennett Cafe - 8:45AM-9:45AM

*Kindergarten End of Year Celebration - Bennett Cafe - 2:00PM-2:45PM

*All Library Books Due Back in the Learning Commons

Tuesday, May 17th:

*STAAR Make-Up Tests

*1st Grade End of Year Celebration - Bennett Cafe - 8:45AM-9:45AM

*2nd Grade End of Year Celebration - Bennett Cafe - 2:00PM-2:45PM

Wednesday, May 18th:

*STAAR Make-Up Tests

*3rd Grade End of Year Celebration - Bennett Cafe - 8:45AM-9:45AM

*4th Grade End of Year Celebration - Bennett Cafe - 2:00PM-2:45PM

*PTO Spirit Event- Handles Ice Cream

Thursday, May 19th:

*STAAR Make-Up Tests

*K-4th Grade Class Parties - 2:00PM-2:45PM

*5th Grade Class Parties - 11:30AM-2:45PM - included lunch

Friday, May 20th:

*STAAR Make-Up Tests

*4th 9 Weeks of School Ends

*Report Cards Go Home


*Parents - Invitation & RSVP ONLY if your child will receive an award

*Kinder-2nd Grade - Bennett Live Celebration - 8:15AM-8:45AM - Gym

*3rd-5th Grade - Bennett Live Celebration - 9:00AM-9:30AM - Gym

*Creed Lunch - 11:30AM

*5th Grade Walk - 2:30PM - Outside the School

*13th Annual Flag Lowering Ceremony - 2:45PM

*3:07PM - Dismissal for All Students

Nurse News - May

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New MISD Covid Protocols

Effective 8/2/2021, all existing protocols will be replaced with the following information. We will continue to monitor and adjust our protocols based on any updated information from Collin County Health Department, Texas DSHS, Texas Education Agency and CDC.

  • All staff, visitors and students (with parental assistance) should monitor for symptoms of illness prior to campus arrival.
  • CDC Guidance (including those fully vaccinated) recommends to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission. Schools in Texas, including McKinney ISD, may highly recommend but may not require masks.
  • Campuses will work to ensure no student is treated differently as a result of their choice to wear a mask or not wear a mask.
  • Visitors will be allowed on campus according to standard visiting rules.
  • Social distancing will be maintained when feasible.
  • Staff and students will continue to be expected to wash their hands frequently throughout the day.
  • Parents and employees will continue to be required to report confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 to campus administration or their supervisor, but this information will no longer be tracked on the District COVID-19 Dashboard.
  • Staff and students with symptoms of COVID 19 (until ruled out) OR a confirmed case of COVID-19 must quarantine for 10 days from the date of symptom onset or positive test if no symptoms.
  • Staff will not conduct close contact reviews and students/staff will not be required to quarantine for exposure.
  • Current MISD COVID-19 numbers may be accessed through TEA at
  • Current Collin County/City of McKinney numbers may be found at

Alpha Dates for 2021-2022

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Arrival & Dismissal Details

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Arrival & Dismissal Map

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Bennett's Instructional Times - 2021-2022

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Bennett's Specials Schedule

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McKinney ISD Is Hiring

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McKinney ISD School Calendar - 2021-2022

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McKinney ISD Approved 2022-2023 School Calendar

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McKinney ISD Weather Guidelines

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Bennett's 2022-2023 PTO Board

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NEW PTO Silver Sponsor - Dr. Buchanan Orthodontics

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PTO Spirit Night Update - In & Out Burger

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PTO Passive Fundraiser Incentives Update - Go, BEARS!!!

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Important Dates for PTO Sponsored Yearbook

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PTO Spirit Nights for Spring

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PTO Website - All Things PTO

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Ways to Support Our BEARS

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Why Join Our Bennett PTO?

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Bennett PTO Community Sponsors Supporting Our BEARS

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