Bennett Bear Business Newsletter

Week of February 17, 2020

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Dear Amazing Bennett Families,

Each year, McKinney ISD seeks feedback from parents through a survey called the BrightBytes Survey. Please take 5 minutes to help our school make technology decisions. This is an anonymous survey regarding your technology use. It will take approximately five minutes to complete the survey. Your answers are very important!

This survey will help our school choose the right technology for our classrooms. There are no right or wrong answers on the survey. Everyone will have a different set of answers to these questions, depending on his or her different experiences.

Thank you for your time and ideas! The survey window closes on Friday, March 6th.

Link to Survey:

Proud to be a BEAR,


19-Day Emphasis on Honesty

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Information from Our Counselor, Christie Thompson

Middle school registration information:

We are still awaiting the course requests from Evans.

This month’s guidance lesson is focused on safety and empowering students to help themselves. Learn more here:

Warm regards,


Staff Development Waiver Day - Monday, February 17th

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Discovery Day - Tuesday, February 18th

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Middle School Open House for Incoming 6th Graders - February 20th - Times Vary by Campus

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Bennett's Best Recipients

Information from Nurse Martin - Heart Health Month

February is Heart Health Month! Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, causing about 1 in 4 deaths. Below are common heart attack warning signs:

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National School Breakfast Week - March 2nd-6th

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Save the Date - Bennett's Open House - March 3rd

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MISD Update on Coronavirus

McKinney ISD works with the Collin County Health Department to manage communicable illnesses including the flu, and the same precautions are in place as we monitor the Coronavirus. We also work closely with Aramark custodial in deep cleaning rooms as needed where we see pockets of illness such as vomiting, flu, and strep infections. In addition, the campus nurses encourage and teach hand washing, as well as covering your cough. The Immunization Care Van is utilized 4-5 times per year offering preventable illness/disease vaccines and flu shots.

The school district has received the following information from the Collin County Health Department. “We (health department) are monitoring the 2019 Novel Coronavirus situation closely and are receiving updates from the CDC. At this time, there is no guidance for schools to do anything differently. Schools should continue to practice normal flu season precautions, hand washing, cough etiquette, routine disinfection of high touched surfaces, and excluding children with fever until fever-free for 24 hours. Schools should not be excluding returning travelers from China. Parents are encouraged to watch for signs and symptoms of illness in their children and other household members. Children with symptoms of the flu or a flu-like illness should not be sent to school.”

Please note that no one should be wearing a face mask at school, unless the person is immunocompromised. Face masks give a false sense of security, do not effectively prevent the spread of viruses unless worn appropriately, and should only be placed on a person who is ill. MISD will notify parents and staff should any new information or guidance be received from the health department.

For more information on our Communicable Diseases/Conditions Exclusion from School, please view our guidelines located on our website at

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February & March Staff Birthdays

February 19th - Jill Sullivan, Kindergarten Teacher

February 23rd - Tracy Fanning, 1st Grade Teacher

March 3rd - Sandra Reinhard, Kindergarten Teacher

March 4th - Teri Danstrom, 5th Grade Teacher

March 5th - Beth Higgins, 5th Grade Teacher

March 7th - Snooky Tidwell, STC Aide

March 13th - Ann Sanders, Secretary

March 21st - Kayla Baker, 4th Grade Teacher

March 21st - Stephanie Cusack, PE Teacher

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Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Events

Monday, February 17th:

Staff Development Waiver Day - No School for Students

Wednesday, February 19th:

Choir Practice at 7:15AM

3rd Grade Field Trip Money Due

Thursday, February 20th:

5th Grade Middle School Parent Meeting at Middle Schools - times vary by school

Friday, February 21st:

3-5 Dental Presentation with Dr. Jensen Orthodontics at 2:00PM - in Cafe

Monday, February 24th:


Tuesday, February 25th:

Bluebonnet Bash - 3:00PM-3:30PM

Variety Show Music due

Wednesday, February 26th:

Mandatory Variety Show Meeting at 3:15PM in the Bennett Cafe

Thursday, February 27th:

Special Olympics Basketball - 10:00AM-2:00PM

Friday, February 28th:

Friday Live - 2:15PM - spirit wear sold before Friday Live

Monday, March 2nd - Friday, March 6th:

National School Breakfast Week

Monday, March 2nd:

Creed Lunch at 1:00PM

Read Across America Day

Tuesday, March 3rd:

Open House - 6:00PM-6:45PM

PTO sponsored yearbook cost increases to $33

Wednesday, March 4th:

5th Grade EOY Party Planning Meeting - Science Lab at 6:30PM

Friday, March 6th:

3rd 9 Weeks Ends

2nd Grade Field Trip Money Due

PTO sponsored Bubble Blaster Dismissal

Monday, March 9th - Friday, March 13th:

Spring Break

Monday, March 16th:

4th 9 Weeks of School Begins

Mandatory Variety Show Practice today/or tomorrow - 3:15PM in the Bennett Cafe

Tuesday, March 17th:

Mandatory Variety Show Practice today/or yesterday - 3:15PM in the Bennett Cafe

Wednesday, March 18th:

Report Cards go home

Thursday, March 19th:

Mandatory Variety Show Practice - 3:15PM in the Bennett Cafe

Friday, March 20th:

Mandatory Variety Show Full Dress Rehearsal - 3:15PM in the Bennett Cafe

PTO Movie Night - 6:30PM in the gym - Monsters Inc will be shown

Monday, March 23rd - Friday, March 27th:

PACK Week - Pack Assorted Colors for Kids

Monday, March 23rd:

PACK Yellow & Orange Foods

Variety Show - 6:30PM

Tuesday, March 24th:

PACK White, Tan & Brown Foods

Variety Show Performance for K-2nd - 8:15AM

Variety Show Performance for 3rd-5th - 9:30AM

Kindergarten Lunch begins at 10:45AM

Wednesday, March 25th:

PACK Red Foods

Thursday, March 26th:

PACK Purple & Blue Foods

Friday, March 27th:

PACK Green Foods

Friday Live at 2:15PM - spirit wear for sale before Friday Live

Monday, March 30th:

Creed Lunch - 10:30AM

Tuesday, March 31st:

STUCO Meeting 3:00PM-3:45PM - Mrs. Lytle's Room

Specials Team - February Newsletter

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McKinney ISD Recess Guidelines

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PTO's February Newsletter

PTO Sponsored Variety Show Information

MISD Board of Trustees Approves 2020-2021 School Calendar

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Bennett Spirit Days 2019-2020

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