Bennett Bear Business Newsletter

Week of May 4, 2020

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Tech & News Crew Application for Next Year's 5th Graders

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Mrs. Stallbaumer and Ms. Holderman will be selecting 4th grade students to serve on the Bennett Bears Kid Talk Show Tech and News Crew for the 2020-2021 school year. Fourth graders interested in applying must complete the online application. To access the application, students must be signed in to their MISD Google account. While students are to complete the application and short essays, parents will need to complete the last section. Please note, the application does not save and must be completed and submitted before closing the browser.

THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS 10 AM ON MONDAY, MAY 18, 2020. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. All applicants will be notified by the end of the school year via the provided parent email.

Please email Mrs. Stallbaumer,, with any questions.

Link for 4th grade application

May - 18 Day Emphasis on Encouragement

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Bennett's Medication Pick-Up Schedule - Monday, May 11th

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If your child has medication in the Bennett Clinic, this message is for you. Please read the details below on how to retrieve your child's medication(s) from school.


Monday, May 11, 2020


Bennett Elementary - front carpool line


9:00-11:00 AM (Last name A-M)


11:00-1:00 (Last name N-Z)


Medications will be handed back to the parent in a drive through fashion. Please come through the front carpool line in front of the school to the first nurse. You will show your ID and the nurse will verify your student. You will then drive-up to the second nurse who will have the medication sitting on a table where you will pick-up the medication from your car window. Please do not get out of your car at any time and maintain 6 feet of social distancing during pick-up.

  • Only a listed Emergency Contact may pick-up medication.
  • You must bring your ID for verification. Please have this ready.
  • Medications will NOT be given without an ID.
  • Medication will NOT be given back to a student.
  • If medication is not picked up by the end of the school year, May 27, ​it will be destroyed per McKinney ISD Policy.

For any questions, please contact: Julie Blankenship, Director of Health Services ​

National School Nurse Day - Wednesday, May 6th

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Library Books, Leveled Readers, Book Club Books - at Home

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Bennett teachers will collect and return all library books found in student lockers, desks, and classrooms to the Learning Commons. If your child has any other books at home, such as library books, leveled readers, or book club books, please keep them at home until the District provides us with specific guidance and direction on the safe way to return the books to school.

Bennett's Virtual College & Career Fair

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We will be hosting our Virtual College and Career Fair throughout the month of May!

Once a week, teachers will share the counselor’s slides, which will give all students the opportunity to learn more about different career options and colleges and to assess their own interests.

Thank you to everyone who shared his or her college or career with us! We couldn’t do this without you.

Warm regards,

Christie N. Thompson
School Counselor

504 Campus Coordinator




It's PACK Week # 4 - Blue & Purple Week

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Virtual Field Day, Friday, May 8th

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Bennett's Best Recipients

May Student & Staff Birthdays

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Bennett BEARS Celebrating an Upcoming Birthday in May:


4th - Xander

8th - Greyson

10th - Tristan, Ephraim

11th - Gavin, Harper, Mrs. Halpin - Assistant Principal

12th - Araceli

13th - Jun, Cameron

14th - Dexter, Ademide

15th - Desmon

16th - Mrs. Crates - K-2 Alpha Teacher

17th - Mercy

18th - Hadley, Wrenley, Mrs. Stump - Office Clerk

19th - Osarume, Benton, Nico

21st - Stanley, Abigail

22nd - Miah, Peyton

24th - Carlos

25th - Colsen, Ja'myrhia

26th - Kinsley, William

27th - Meghan, Aidan

28th - Jackson, Ainsley, Mabry

29th - Jack, Samantha, Joshua

30th - Scarlett

31st - Leighton, Scarlett, Hayden, Ms. Holderman - Principal

PTO Sponsored Teacher Appreciation Week Overview - May 4-8 - Virtual Style

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Mark Your Calendars - Bennett's Student Supply Pick-Up Plan - May 19th or May 21st

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Save the Date - Bennett Staff Parade - Wednesday, May 27th

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Istation Access Available to Students & Staff

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We have exciting news for our students and teachers. Students and teachers will have access to continue using the “full Istation suite” until July 1st.

NEW MISD Grab & Go Meals - Still FREE - Locations Update

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NEW to McKinney ISD Student Registration is OPEN

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Hello, Parents of Future Bennett Bears!

Have you visited McKinney ISD’s School Locator to see if your home address is zoned for Bennett Elementary? If so, you are ready to enroll your new student(s) for the 2020-2021 school year through our McKinney ISD online registration process!

Registration forms for new students entering kindergarten through 5th grade are available. To access these registration forms:

  • Go to the McKinney ISD website at
  • Click the "Enrollment" tab
  • Click the “2020-2021 New Student Enrollment”

While completing your online enrollment, you will be asked to upload the following documents:

  • Current Proof of Residency – Must be a utility bill, gas, water or electric, house contract with closing date and/or lease with signatures.
  • Student’s Social Security Card (optional - if you choose to not provide your child's Social Security Card, the state will assign your child a unique ID #)
  • Student’s Birth Certificate
  • Updated Shot Records

If you do not have scanning capability, you may take a photo of your documents and upload the photos in the online enrollment site.

If the above documents are not received in the online enrollment site, the registration will be incomplete. Questions about the registration process or uploading your documents? Email Bennett Elementary Registrar, Susan Jakobsen, at

We can’t wait to meet our new BEARS when we return to campus! Take care and stay safe!

Connect with Bennett Counselor, Christie Thompson - Virtual Counseling Sessions

Dear Bennett Parents,

I am happy to share that I will be available to consult with parents and communicate with students during the COVID-19 school closure, and I’ll be providing daily tips on announcements and weekly guidance lessons.

Here is more information about my virtual school counseling services:

REMIND alerts (See attached pdf for more detailed instructions.)

  1. I will use Remind to alert parents when I’ve added a new guidance lesson, video, or resource to my site.
  2. This is a one-way communication tool, so email me if you need to reach me.

ZOOM or WebEx video meetings – I can consult with parents (and visit with students for up to 20 minutes beginning March 30th).

  1. Complete and submit this form for videoconferences:
  2. Confidentiality: to mitigate the confidentiality limits we’ll face, I will not record or save any of our meetings, but remember that it is occurring over the Internet where 100% security is not guaranteed. Also, I will still be required by law to report any instances of suspected abuse/neglect, or if I believe a student is a danger to themselves or to others.

a. If you, your student, or anyone in your family needs additional support, there is a nationwide

Crisis Text Line that you can access 24-7 by texting home to the number 741-741. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds from a secure online platform.

b. Please call 911 in the case of mental health emergencies.

Videos & Resources – I’ll be reading and sharing some books about topics like worrying, accepting ‘no’ for an answer, technology usage, flexible thinking, gratitude, etc.

  1. When a new video or resource is ready, I’ll upload it to my site and send an alert through REMIND. I’ll also provide these to teachers to upload to See Saw.
  2. Here’s the first one! It’s about worrying and anxiousness >
  3. Please see the attached COVID-19 Resources for students.

504 Meetings –I will contact parents and teachers who had/have meetings already scheduled for after spring break to reschedule them. You’ll hear from me soon!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I will be maintaining virtual office hours Mondays-Fridays from 9-11 and 1-3.

Warm regards,

Christie N. Thompson
School Counselor

504 Campus Coordinator




Incoming 6th Graders to Dowell - School Supply Order Form

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