Heritage Elementary Badger Tracks

February 26, 2021

The Mission of the Bennington Public Schools is to provide educational opportunities in a safe, caring environment that will prepare all students to meet the challenges of the future.
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Upcoming Events!

Mar. 1 Skill of the Week - Be Responsible in the Hallway

Mar. 1-5 Dr. Seuss/Read Across America Week

Mar. 3 Early Dismissal, 11:40

Mar. 5 Spirit Day!

Mar. 9 Ditch the Dishes - Don and Mille's Night, 4:00-9:00 pm

Mar. 12 Make up Snow Day #1 - We will be in school!

Mar. 15-19 Staff Appreciation Week

Mar. 15 Virtual PTO Meeting, 6:00 pm

Mar. 17 Early Dismissal, 11:40 am

Mar. 31 Early Dismissal, 11:40 am

Apr. 1-5 Spring Break - no school

Apr. 6 School Resumes

PTO News and Updates!

Please click here for the most updated PTO information!

Staff Appreciation Week March 15-19 - Lights, Camera, Teach!!

We are excited to share the details of our 2021 Staff appreciation week. Please click here to access the Oscars Reel to write movie star messages of appreciation for all staff! PDFS of the Oscar Reel and the Flower Order form are also linked below in the newsletter.


Please note: the school is unable to collect funds in the office so all flowergram payments must be made at: https://heritagepto2012.membershiptoolkit.com/store/product/FLWRGRM2021

If you would like to donate to the Staff Lounge, you may do so by visiting: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10c084ea8a72ba7f49-staff1

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The Book Fair has been extended to March 2!!

Scholastic has had their issue resolved. You may now shop online using the new link at Schoolastic.com/HeritageElementary Don't forget to create an eWallet!

Teacher Wish List for Book Fair

Please click on the Teacher Wishlist if you are interested in purchasing a book from the Book Fair for your child's teacher or a specialist.

Thank you for thinking of our teachers when you are shopping at the Book Fair!

Congratulations!!! The Lady Badgers are Headed to State!!

Dear Parents:

The Nebraska Girls’ State Basketball Tournament will be held Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, March 2nd, 5th, and 6th in Lincoln, Nebraska. Congratulations to the Bennington Girls’ Basketball Team for making the tournament. Bennington’s first game will be played at the Pinnacle Bank Arena at 9:00 am, Tuesday, March 2nd. Because our first game Tuesday involves a loss of school time, the administration feels it is important for you to know the recommendations of the school concerning absences for this type of event. Since our first priority is always academics, students behind in classwork or having what administration deems excessive absences, will not be excused by the school to attend the tournament.

Please find at the bottom portion of this letter the parent permission form excusing your son/daughter from school Tuesday for the State Basketball Tournament. Students who do not turn in a permission form will not be excused Tuesday for the game. Students will be considered excused from school for the duration of the game and the time it takes to travel to and from the game. This means a student attending the event will be excused from the beginning of the day – 1:00 pm. In order to account for all students that plan to attend the game, permission slips must be turned in by Monday, March 1 at 10:00 am. Permission slips will be used as parental notification of the absence. There is no need to contact the elementary office.

State Basketball Tournament adult and student tickets can only be purchased online at https://gofan.co/app/school/NSAA. The high school and elementary sites will not be selling tickets to elementary families.

Please Note: If Bennington wins the first round contest on Tuesday, the Badgers would play at 1:30 pm on Friday. Adults and students would be responsible for another admission ticket to Friday’s contest.


Thank you for your cooperation with this activity. Please contact the school with further questions.


DETACH AND RETURN TO THE ELEMENTARY FRONT OFFICE

My son/daughter _________________________________ will be attending the State Basketball Tournament in Lincoln, NE.


If other than a parent or guardian, _____________________________________ will be checking out my student to attend the State Basketball Tournament.


Parent Signature: __________________________________________ Date: ______________

Home Phone: ___________________ Cell: __________________ Work: __________________


Bennington Public Schools Foundation - Of The Year Awards

Nominations for 'Of the Year' Awards are due on March 26. Please complete click here to complete a nomination form for an educator or support staff member that has made a positive impact on your child!
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Kindergarten Round Up Virtual Parent Meeting - Thursday, April 29!

The 2021 Virtual Kindergarten Parent Meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, April 29 @ 5:30 p.m. Please visit Bennington Public Schools Website and click on 'Enroll New Student' to register your Kindergartener today! Please contact the office with any questions, 402-238-2095.

YOUTH BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL REGISTRATION NOW OPEN - Bennington Athletic League

  • Early Registration Open through January 31

  • Late Registration Period February 1 – March 15

Programs include: T-Ball, Coach Pitch softball and baseball, Rec Softball for ages 8-14

and Rec Baseball for ages 8-14.

Registration Fees include uniform hat and jersey

To register go to www.balonline.org and then click on registration.


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Student Health/COVID19 Information

We will continue to follow the Directed Health Measures guidance with sending home any staff or students that experience one or more of the following symptoms: loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath, or onset of new cough.


The most recent DHM also added back the language that you need to stay home if you experience two or more of the following symptoms: fever of 100.4 or higher, chills, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or fatigue. Your continued support in following recommendations from our local health department while both inside and outside of the school environment is a necessity for all. For us to continue with in-person learning, we continue to emphasize to our stakeholders the importance of staying home versus going to social events, social distancing when it is not an option to stay home, wearing your face masks whenever in public or near non-household members, and continuing to make sanitization a priority.


We will continue to send students home who have diarrhea and vomiting per our previous school health policies, as well as students who show signs of influenza. Temperatures of 100 degrees or above, diarrhea, and/or vomiting are signals warranting immediate dismissal conditions. Children who have vomited, had diarrhea, or a fever of 100 degrees or above during the night or prior to school need to remain at home, fever free for 24 hours. Students who are sent home from school with these symptoms may not return to school until they are symptom/fever free without fever reducing medication for 24 hours. Most viruses are highly contagious for 24 hours after the vomiting/diarrhea has occurred.


As we enter Flu season, please keep your child home if they are experiencing the following symptoms: Fever of 100 degrees or more, muscle aches, congestion, headaches and /or fatigue, as we know these are common signs of the influenza virus. Following the guidelines we have had in place in the years prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, students with diarrhea and vomiting should not return to school until 24 hours after last episode and are able to tolerate food. Students with fever need to be fever free for 24 hours without use of fever reducing medication.

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Inclement Weather

In cases of inclement weather or mechanical breakdown the decision to close school, delay starting time, or dismiss early will be announced over radio station KFAB (1110 AM), television stations KETV, KMTV, WOWT and KPTM. Reports in the morning will be around 6:30 a.m. If we have to use more than the number of days we have scheduled, time will be made up at the end of the school year.


If the decision to delay the start time of school is made, all beginning of the day procedures will be adjusted to reflect two hours. Staff supervision would begin at 10:00 a.m. and a student would be considered tardy at 10:20 a.m. All transportation services will run two hours behind schedule.


Please check your student verification information to verify that all emails and phone numbers are correct and up to date.


Title I Parent Support and Engagement Information

The reading and math interventionists have created a slide deck full of Reading and Math Resources that are available for parents. Please click on the PDF below to learn more about Title I services.

Transportation Information

Bus Riders - BPS has a new app for parents to download called Ride360 for all bus riders. This is a fabulous tool to let you know bus stop location/times and it lets you know the exact time your child gets on/off the bus.


Bus Fees - The transportation department will be sending out invoices through My School Bucks in September. You will pay for transportation fees through the website.


Bus Passes - Lost bus passes cost $25 to replace. Please email or call the office to order a replacement bus pass if needed.

February Breakfast and Lunch Menu

Click on this button to access the monthly breakfast/lunch menu.

2020-21 School Calendar - UPDATED 1/6/21

Click on this button to access the district calendar.

Heritage Elementary Activity Calendar 2020-21

The activity calendar was updated on 10-6-20.

My School Bucks

Click on this button to pay for snack milk and add lunch money to your student's account.

Sack Lunch Order Form

Click on the button to order a sack lunch for your student on early dismissal days. Lunch orders must be completed by 9:00 a.m. the morning of early out days.

NebSIS Family Account Link

Click on this button to access the NebSIS Family Link. This link will take you to the sign in page for student verification.