Bennett Bear Business Newsletter

Week of April 25, 2022

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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:


https://www.tasb.org/services/legal-services/tasb-school-law-esource/instruction/documents/opt_out_standardized_tests.pdf


Sincerely,

McKinney ISD

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.


Sincerely,

Amy

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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CHECK OUT THIS WEEK'S GRADE LEVEL NEWSLETTERS

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Take a Look at Pictures from Our Collaboration Guidance Lesson in the Art Classroom - See Link Below

SAFETY PATROL TEAM 1 WILL ASSIST WITH ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL

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APRIL BREAKFAST MENU

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APRIL Lunch MENU

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APRIL CHARACTER TRAIT - HONESTY

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APRIL DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP CHARACTER TRAIT - TRUSTWORTHINESS

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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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NEW TO MISD STUDENT REGISTRATION OPEN Now AT BENNETT

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CALLING ALL INCOMING KINDERGARTEN BEARS FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR - PARENTS COMPLETE THIS BRIEF SURVEY BELOW

SCHOOL DAY - MISD MAKES-UP BAD WEATHER DAY - MONDAY, APRIL 25TH

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4TH & 5TH GRADE CHOIR - MONDAY, APRIL 25TH - 7:15AM

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K-1ST GRADE AUTHOR VISIT - MONDAY, APRIL 25TH

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IT'S PAJAMA DAY FOR OUR BEARS - TUESDAY, APRIL 26TH

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BENNETT LIVE CELEBRATIONS - TUESDAY, APRIL 26TH

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MODIFIED SPECIALS SCHEDULE AFTER BENNETT LIVE CELEBRATIONS - TUESDAY, APRIL 26TH

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HAPPY SECRETARY'S DAY - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27TH

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KINDERGARTEN IN-SCHOOL FIELD TRIP - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27TH

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2ND-5TH GRADE RUNNING CLUB - FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH - 7:30AM - LAST DAY OF RUNNING CLUB FOR THE YEAR

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NURSE NEWS - APRIL

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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 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

DONATIONS REQUESTED FOR PTO TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK - MAY 2ND-5TH

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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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BENNETT FIELD DAY - FRIDAY, MAY 13TH

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Bronco Football Youth Camp - May 24th-27th

We have 2 scholarships available to attend the Boyd Bronco Football camp. Send requests to Christie Thompson at cthompson@mckinneyisd.net. First come, first served!

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SAVE THE DATE - MISD SCOPE CAMP - JUNE 27TH-30TH

BEARS CELEBRATING A BIRTHDAY IN APRIL

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April Birthdays:


1 - Vildan

3 - Mrs. Stiefel - Diagnostician

6 - Cici, Kaylee, Clarabelle

7 - Adam, Dallas

8 - Hazel, Claire

9 - Alanna

11 - Alaina

12 - Matthew, Cristian

13 - Liam, Yalin

14 - Evan

15 - JayAna, Lyla, Ella, Mr. Khreish - Resource Teacher

17 - Maili

18 - Kambria, Anna

19 - Noah, Lalayla, Kinley, Teigan

20 - Braden

21 - Emilio, Daniel, Beckett

23 - Lindsey

24 - Hailey, Camden

25 - Georgia, Kaleb, Graeson

26 - Helene

27 - Zayd, Jaxton, Carly, Mrs. Scheidhauer - Speech Teacher

28 - Kareem, Mrs. Woods - Dyslexia, Mrs. Martin - 4th Grade Teacher

29 - Jase, Rylee

30 - Kameron, Connor, Jack

OUR BEARS ARE GOING ON FIELD TRIPS - MARK YOUR CALENDAR

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UPCOMING EVENTS FOR OUR BEARS

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April Events:


April Character Trait - Honesty


Monday, April 25th:

*School Day for Students & Staff

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

*Kindergarten-1st Grade Author Visit

*Kindergarten Author Visit - 8:30AM

*1st Grade Author Visit - 9:10AM


Tuesday, April 26th:

*It's Pajama Day for Our BEARS - We met our PTO Amazon Prime Goal

NEW MONTHLY CELEBRATIONS - Replaces Friday Live

*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 - 11:00AM


Wednesday, April 27th:

*Secretary's Day

*Kindergarten In-School Dallas Zoo Field Trip - 9:00AM


Friday, April 29th:

*STAAR ALT-2 Window Closes

*2nd-5th Grade Running Club - 7:30AM - Last Day for Running Club for the year


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


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


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

NEW MONTHLY CELEBRATIONS - Replaces Friday Live

*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

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 APPROVES 2022-2023 SCHOOL CALENDAR

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MCKINNEY ISD WEATHER GUIDELINES

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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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PTO 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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