Bennett Bear Business Newsletter

Week of December 12, 2021

Happy Holidays to our BEARS!

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Check Out This Week's Grade Level Newsletters

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Kindergarten's Weekly Newsletter

1st Grade's Weekly Newsletter

2nd Grade's Weekly Newsletter

3rd Grade's Weekly Newsletter

4th Grade's Weekly Newsletter

5th Grade's Weekly Newsletter

Specials' Weekly Newsletter

Learning Commons Weekly Newsletter

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Bennett Elementary is a CREST Winner for the 2nd Time

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CREST Award Press Release - Bennett Elementary

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Save MONEY by Ordering Your PTO Sponsored Yearbook by the End of December Before Price Increase in January

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5th Grade Dedication Pages in the Bennett 2021-2022 Yearbook On Sale Now - Details Below

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Yearbook Information from Bennett PTO -


If you like getting a deal, then you need to buy the Bennett yearbook ASAP. You have until the end of the month to purchase the book at the lowest price it is offered at!!!! Only $30. Hurry the price increases January 2nd.


I mean seriously 88 pages of awesomeness for only $30. PLUS you can customize 2 pages for FREE. And each additional page is $1. These pages will only be in your kids yearbook, so you can put ANY photos or message you want.


And 5th grade parents, you have the option to buy a dedication for $20. it will help if you have your photos ready and do it on a computer!!! If you just want to buy it and design it later, tell the software it is ready to print, and you can come back to design it at another time.

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Order Your Bennett Yearbook & 5th Grade Dedication Pages with the Link Below

Safety Patrol Team 3 will Assist with Arrival & Dismissal

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4th & 5th Grade Music Practice - Monday, December 13th, 7:15AM

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80th Day of School - Dress in 80's Attire - Tuesday, December 14th

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PTO Sponsored Palio's Spirit Night - Tuesday, December 14th

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No Running Club - Friday, December 17th

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Perseverance - December Character Trait of the Month

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December Bennett "Holiday" Live Celebrations - Friday, December 17th - Only Parents of BEARS Receiving an Award May Attend

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Bennett Live Modified Specials Schedule - Friday, December 17th

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PTO Sponsored Holiday Class Parties - Friday, December 17th - 2:00PM-2:45PM - Parents Welcome

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Final Week to Check the Bennett Lost & Found for Missing Items

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Greetings Great Families,


The Bennett Lost & Found items are slowly dwindling down. This is the final week we will display the items from our Lost & Found in the front of the school each morning through Friday, December 17th. Items will be displayed each day from 7:30AM to 3:20PM, in the front of the school.


Feel free to come up to school during the school day to see if you can help your BEAR find their lost items. Any clothing items left after Friday, December 17th , will be donated to a local charity over Winter Break. All water bottles, lunch boxes, and masks left after Friday, December 17th, will be thrown away.


Thank you for helping us relocate our lost items back to their homes! We appreciate your time, help, and support.


Proud to be a BEAR,

Amy

No 1st-5th Grade Alpha - November 29th - December 17th

Winter Break - Monday, December 20th - Friday, December 31st

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PTO Sponsored Watch DOGS 2nd Semester Sign-Up Event - Thursday, January 6th

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December Breakfast Menu

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December Lunch Menu

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BEARS Celebrating a Birthday in December

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December Birthdays:


1 - Advika

2 - Emily, Cameron, Michael, Ms. Jakobsen - Registrar

4 - Jillian, Bennett

5 - Cale

6 - Bree

8 - Vivian, Luke, Jack

9 - Mariana, Dylan

10 - Lorik

13 - Cruz

15 - Ms. Peek - 1st Grade Teacher

16 - Eva, Rowen, Andrew

17 - Noah

19 - Joey

20 - Colby

21 - Ms. Lytle - 3rd Grade Teacher

22 - Will

23 - Sophie, Wesley, Vani

24 - Viviana

26 - Olivia, Adefeyintola

28 - Brynlee, Keira, Presley, Grayson

29 - Dawia

30 - Paige, Penn, Joshua, Kaitlyn

31 - Nora, Jayden

Upcoming Events for our BEARS

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December Events:


Monday, December 13th:

*4th & 5th Grade Choir - 7:15AM - Music Room

*Dowell Fine Arts Tour for 5th Grade in the Bennett gym - 11:00AM


Tuesday, December 14th:

*80th Day of School - Dress in your 80's attire

*PTO Palio's Spirit Night


Friday, December 17th:

*NO Running Club Today

*2nd 9 Weeks of School Ends

NEW MONTHLY CELEBRATIONS - Replaces Friday Live

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

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

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

*December Creed Lunch - 12:00PM

*Class Parties - 2:00PM-2:45PM - Parents may attend


Monday, December 20th - Friday, December 31st:

Winter Break - No School


January Events:


January:

School Board Appreciation Month


Monday, January 3rd:

*Staff Development Waiver Day

*No School for Students

*1st & 2nd Grade Alpha Make-Up Tests at Webb


Tuesday, January 4th - Friday, January 7th:

No Alpha Services this Week


Tuesday, January 4th:

*3rd 9 Weeks of School Begins

*Students Return to School


Wednesday, January 5th:

*Report Cards go Home

*4th & 5th Grade Spelling Bee - 8:15AM - Bennett Cafe

*4th & 3rd Grade Switch Specials for the day

*3rd Grade Specials - 8:15AM-9:05AM

*4th Grade Specials - 10:05AM-10:55AM


Thursday, January 6th:

*PTO Sponsored Watch DOGS Kick-Off

*Hot Chocolate & Cocoa - Bennett Cafe - 600PM-7:00PM


Friday, January 7th:

2nd-5th Grade Running Club - 7:30AM


Sunday, January 9th:

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day


Monday, January 10th:

*4th & 5th Grade Choir - 7:15AM

*3rd Grade Alpha Resumes


Tuesday, January 11th:

2nd & 3rd Grade Junior Spelling Bee - 8:15AM - Bennett Cafe


Thursday, January 13th:

McKinney ISD Spelling Bee - More Details to Come


Friday, January 14th:

2nd-5th Grade Running Club - 7:30AM


Monday, January 17th:

No School for Students & Staff


Thursday, January 20th:

*3rd-5th Grade Alpha/GT Referral Deadline

*PTO Sponsored Watch DOGS Registration Closes


Friday, January 21st:

NO Running Club


Monday, January 24th:

4th & 5th Grade Choir - 7:15AM


Tuesday, January 25th:

NEW MONTHLY CELEBRATIONS - Replaces Friday Live

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

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

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

*January Creed Lunch - 12:30PM


Thursday, January 27th:

*100th Day of School

*Dress wearing 100 items OR like you are 100 years old


Friday, January 28th:

*PTO Sponsored Bingo Night - 6:30PM-8:00PM

*More details to come with a link to RSVP

Clinic News from Nurse Tiffany

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Vision & Hearing Referral Reminders

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MISD Covid Testing By Appointment Only

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Book Your Covid Test Appointment Here

NEW MISD Covid 19 Isolation Protocols

New MISD Isolation Protocols


Step 1: When a student, who is on campus, has displayed symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever, coughing, shortness of breath, etc., the school nurse will provide a clinical assessment to determine if and when a student needs to be sent home. Students who are ill will be separated from their peers and should be picked up within one hour.


Step 2: The campus nurse will speak with the parent/guardian regarding quarantine and isolation needed for their symptomatic student. The student who has symptoms of COVID-19, may return to campus after 10 days have passed from symptom onset AND symptoms resolved AND at least 24 hours have passed with no fever, without the use of fever-reducing medication. The student may return to campus before the end of the 10 day period only IF a note from a health care provider is received by and discussed with the campus nurse prior to the student returning to campus.


Step 3: The campus nurse will follow up with the student throughout the quarantine and isolation period.


Step 4: If the parent of the student reports to the campus nurse that the student was tested for COVID-19 and is now lab confirmed positive, the steps for “ Students Who Report That They are Lab-Confirmed Positive for COVID-19” will be followed.


Students Who Report That They Are Lab-Confirmed Positive for COVID-19


Step 1: When a student has been lab-confirmed positive for COVID-19, the school nurse and teacher should be notified of their illness and should remain home for 10 days from the date of testing.


Step 2: The student who had the lab-confirmed COVID-19 positive test result, may return to campus after 10 days have passed from the date the positive test was performed AND symptoms resolved AND at least 24 hours have passed with no fever, without the use of fever-reducing medication.


Step 3: The campus nurse will follow up with the lab confirmed COVID-19 positive student throughout the quarantine and isolation period.


Step 4: MISD will follow Texas Education Agency and Collin County Health Department guidance for reporting lab positive confirmed COVID-19 cases.

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 https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/schools/texas-education-agency/
  • Current Collin County/City of McKinney numbers may be found at https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/8a63b1622bea4d65b28658f2101b539

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 Weather Guidelines

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McKinney ISD School Calendar - 2021-2022

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McKinney ISD Approves 2022-2023 School Calendar

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PTO Website - All Things PTO

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PTO's Passive Fundraiser Incentives

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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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PTO Sponsored Spirit Nights - Save the Dates

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