Bennett Bear Business Newsletter

Week of August 1, 2021

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The Countdown is ON for Back to School for Our BEARS

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1: The World Technology Changes for our BEARS

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1:The World

Elementary Changes for 2021-22


McKinney ISD elementary campuses are committed to providing the best possible instructional experiences for our students in ways that both engage and empower them. Part of this commitment to high-level instruction includes access to technology tools for teaching and learning in the classroom. During the 2020-21 school year the district expanded our 1:The World laptop initiative to include students in grades 3-12. All students in these grade levels were provided with a MacBook Air computer that traveled to and from school on a daily basis. The laptops were checked out to individual students with the understanding that these devices would move with your child from grade level to grade level each year and would serve as their primary tool for technology use at school throughout their career in MISD.


In an effort to consistently reflect on best practices for our youngest learners with technology the decision has been made to modify the 1:The World program at elementary. Students will continue to have access to a personal device for learning at school, however, they will no longer travel to and from school. Student devices will be stored in the classroom for use as necessary, but parents should not be expecting them to return home each night as was our previous practice. We believe that elementary students will have opportunities to grow in their understanding of how to be quality and responsible users of technology by practicing within their school environment. As they leave us for 6th grade, their personal laptop will travel with them for use in middle school and at home. Any incidents with laptops from the 2020-21 school year will be removed from your child’s inventory record and annual usage fees will no longer be charged for any elementary student. Students may continue to customize their personal MISD device with a cover of their choice or school-appropriate stickers etc. and all devices will be stored in locked cabinets while not in use.


What is the classroom standard for technology access in McKinney ISD’s PK-5 classrooms?

  • PK-1: Class set of iPads managed by MISD’s technology department

  • 2nd grade: class sets of laptop computers stored in carts

  • Grades 3-5: Individual laptops checked out to students that will move from grade level to grade level on a 5-year refresh plan. Devices will be stored in classroom carts but will not travel from school to home


What changes are being implemented this year?

  • In order to grow students in their understanding of digital citizenship, internet safety, and responsible use of technology, laptops will be checked out to individual elementary students in grades 3-5, however, they will not travel to and from school until students arrive in middle school in the 6th grade. Last year, students in 4th and 5th grade took their devices home each day. This year, students in grades 3-5 will NOT travel to and from school with their individual laptops. All student devices at elementary will be stored in classrooms in charging carts to be used during the school day only.

  • Annual laptop fees are no longer required


Why did the model for technology access at elementary schools change, specifically for students in 4th, and 5th grade?

  • The decision was made to reset and adjust expectations for our elementary students using 1:1 technology in order to provide “training wheels” for elementary students. MISD district leadership believes that 1:1 instructional technology will be best leveraged by ensuring our youngest users have the opportunity to grow in their understanding of using technology responsibly and safely while supported by their teachers in a blended learning classroom.

Bennett PTO Website - One Stop Shop for All Things PTO - Skip the Lines at Bennett Blast Off by Shopping Online

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Bennett PTO Community Sponsors - We Appreciate YOU

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Support Our BEARS - Quick & Easy Ways When You Shop

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PTO Sponsored Spirit Nights - Save the Dates

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NEW Carpool/Walk Up Signs for All BEARS

Get excited, BEARS! With a new school year, comes NEW carpool/walk-up tags for everyone. Each family will receive their child's NEW tags at Bennett Blast Off on Tuesday, August 10th. Your child's NEW tags will be in their homeroom classroom at Bennett Blast Off for you to pick up to use starting on the first day of school on Thursday, August 12th.


**Please Note - Parents will need their child's carpool/walk-up sign every day for dismissal. If you don't have your child's carpool/walk-up sign, you will be asked to go into the front office to check out your child.

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Bennett's Arrival & Dismissal Details

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Bennett's Arrival & Dismissal Map

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NEW - Need to Change Your Child's Dismissal Form

Welcome Videos from Our Staff - Friday, August 6th - 2:30PM

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This year, we are continuing with a new tradition for our BEARS! Instead of receiving a personal phone call from your homeroom teacher, each BEAR will receive a welcome video from their homeroom teacher. Included in this special video will be a welcome from the Art teacher, PE teachers, Music teacher, Counselor, Media Resource Specialist, Library Aide, and Principals. We can't wait for you to receive your video!!!


Our staff will be working hard to create these special videos for you. Teachers will be sending out their videos to the students and families in their homeroom class on Friday, August 6, at 2:30PM.


Thank you for being patient as we work to send out videos to almost 600 students. If for some reason you don't receive your video by 3:00PM, please email our assistant principal and me. We will send you your child's welcome video.


Kassie Halpin - khalpin@mckinneyisd.net

Amy Holderman - aholderman@mckinneyisd.net

Bennett Blast Off - Meet the Teacher - Tuesday, August 10th

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Chalk the Walk with PTO - Wednesday, August 11th

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Happy 1st Day of School - Thursday, August 12th

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PTO Sponsored Tears & Cheers - Thursday, August 12th

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Join Us for Popsicles in the Park to Kick Off PTO Sponsored Watch DOGS - Monday, August 23rd

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Visitors & Volunteers Welcome Back Into the Building - Friday, August 27th

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We LOVE visitors and volunteers serving on our campus. All McKinney ISD elementary schools will welcome visitors and volunteers back into the building starting on Friday, August 27th. As a school family, our Bennett staff will be spending the first two weeks of school getting to know our students, build relationships, and establishing routines.


We encourage parents to use these two weeks to complete your criminal background check for the 2021-2022 school year. Here is the link to complete your annual criminal background check: https://webserv.mckinneyisd.net/workspace/.


Thank you for sharing your BEAR with us each and every day. We look forward to seeing YOU visiting and volunteering in the building starting on Friday, August 27th.

BEARS Celebrating a Birthday is August

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August Birthdays:


1 - Durham, Paulina

2 - AnaBelle

4 - Elinor, Oliver, Bryson

5 - Ethan, Ayden, Gerry, Saesha

6 - Sally, Johah, Tyler, Emory

7 - Sara, Thomas

8 - Nicolas, Akshaj

9 - Julian, Nolan, Mrs. Lane - secretary

12 - Bond, Matteo

13 - Kacey

16 - Jules, Caleb

17 - Lela, Kingston

18 - Eliana

19 - Daniel

20 - Isabella, Mrs. Fahsholtz - 5th grade teacher

21 - Mrs. Gore - 4th grade teacher

22 - Charity

23 - Kevin, Juliette, Jonas

24 - Lovella, Brooklyn, Mrs. Blazek - kindergarten teacher

25 - Haley, Jason, Allison

26 - Hensley

27 - Kaden

28 - Gabriella, Mrs. Androlowicz - STC aide, Mrs. Leiker - 3rd grade teacher

30 - Ahiyan, Hailey, Vivian

Upcoming Events for our BEARS

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August Events:


Friday, August 6th:

Welcome videos sent to families, at 2:30PM


Tuesday, August 10th:

Bennett Blast Off - "Meet the Teacher" - Come & Go Event

*5:00PM-6:00PM - NEW Bennett Families come to school

*6:00PM-7:00PM - Returning Bennett Families come to school


Wednesday, August 11th:

Chalk the Walk with PTO - 7:30PM


Thursday, August 12th:

Happy 1st Day of School

*7:15AM - Doors open for Breakfast

*7:30AM-8:00AM - Parents & students walk to their child's classroom

*8:00AM - Instructional day begins

*8:00AM-8:30AM - PTO sponsored "Tears & Cheers"in the cafeteria

*8:30AM - 13th Annual Flag Raising Ceremony at the flag pole

*3:07PM - Dismissal


Monday, August 12th:

Dyslexia Services Begin


Tuesday, August 17th:

Alpha (GT) Supply & Say Hi - Webb Elementary - 5:00PM-7:00PM


Friday, August 19th:

*News Crew Applications Due

* Alpha (GT) Supply & Say Hi - Webb Elementary - 5:00PM-7:00PM


Monday, August 23rd:

*Alpha Services Begin

*Kindergarten Color RED Day

*PTO sponsored "Popsicles in the Park" & Watch DOGS Kick-Off - 7:00PM-8:00PM


Tuesday, August 24th:

*Kindergarten Color WHITE Day

*PTO/Bennett Fundraiser Kick-Off - Big Kahuna Fundraiser


Wednesday, August 25th:

Kindergarten Color YELLOW Day


Thursday, August 26th:

Kindergarten Color GREEN Day


Friday, August 27th:

*Kindergarten Color BLUE Day

*Visitors & Volunteers Welcome in the Building


Sunday, August 29th:

PTO Sponsored Jeremiah's Italian Ice Spirit Night


Monday, August 30th:

Kindergarten Color ORANGE Day


Tuesday, August 31st:

Kindergarten Color BLACK Day



September Events:


Wednesday, September 1:

Kindergarten Color PINK Day


Thursday, September 2nd:

Kindergarten Color PURPLE Day


Friday, September 3rd:

*Kindergarten Wear Your FAVORITE Color Day

*PTO Sponsored Principal's Coffee - 8AM


Tuesday, September 14th:

PTO General Meeting & Bike & Safety Rally - 6:30PM


Wednesday, September 15th:

Progress Reports go home with 1st-5th grade BEARS


Week of Monday, September 20-24

College Week


Monday, September 20th:

*MAP Window Opens for K-5th

*MClass Window Opens for K-2


Tuesday, September 21st:

National IT Professional Day


Wednesday, September 22nd:

PTO Sponsored Jersey Mike's Spirit Night


Friday, September 24th:

*September Friday Live - 2:15PM - Bennett gym

*Wear Bennett spirit wear attire


Saturday, September 25th:

Crape Myrtle Run - details to come


Tuesday, September 28th:

Picture Day


Thursday, September 30th:

1st & 2nd Grade Alpha (GT) Referrals Due

PTO Spirit Nights & Fundraising Opportunities

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Save the Date - Bennett's PTO Year at a Glance

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Kindergarten School Supply List

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1st Grade School Supply List

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2nd Grade School Supply List

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3rd Grade School Supply List

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4th Grade School Supply List

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5th Grade School Supply List

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McKinney ISD Alpha Dates for 2021-2022

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MISD to Provide FREE Breakfast & Lunch to ALL Students Again this Year

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued guidance that allows schools to offer meals to all students at no cost for the 2021-2022 school year. McKinney will be participating in the USDA waivers for free meals once again this school year. Healthy meals will be offered every school day to all students at no cost.


Typically, a student’s household must meet income eligibility requirements to qualify for free or reduced-price meals. While no application or eligibility determination is required for your student to receive free meals this school year, income eligibility requirements will likely resume in the 2022-2023 school year. As such, McKinney ISD will process household applications during School Year 2021-2022 to ensure student eligibility for free or reduced-price meals during the first 30 days of the 2022-2023 school year


Starting on August 3rd, MISD will begin processing online applications, as well as accepting written applications. Food Service strongly encourages families to apply online this year, however, we will provide schools with paper applications. Every school will be distributed a minimal amount of paper applications for parents to pick up if requested. We are asking each school to communicate or post the following link in newsletters, social media, or other forms of communication http://www.mckinneyisd.schoollunchapp.com/


James Shoemake

McKinney ISD

Resident District Manager

Kindergarten Color Weeks - August 23 - September 3 - All BEARS Are Invited to Join Us in Wearing the Color of the Day

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Bennett's Instructional Schedule for Our BEARS

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McKinney ISD Academic Calendar - 2021-2022 School Year

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New MISD Covid Sign

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Thank you for sharing your BEARS with us each and every day! It is an honor and privilege to serve your family. Please let Kassie and me know if there is anything else we can do to support your BEAR and family.