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School Announcements
Operation Turkey
Donations Needed
Canned Veggies - Stuffing - Gravy - Soups  Rice - Cranberry Sauce - Sweet Potatoes  Canned Pumpkin - Muffin/Cornbread Mix Applesauce - Canned Fruit - Boxed Desserts  Jello & Pudding - Coffee & Tea

Let's show our support to our community by bringing in as many nonperishable food items as we can. Boxes for donations can be found outside the cafeteria. The grade level to bring in the most items will win extra recess.
 
Last day to donate is Nov. 14th.
Sponsors by Bennett SGA and NVFS

 
2014-2015 Read-A-Thon
The 2014-2015 Read-A-Thon is here!  Help Bennett raise money for additional technology in our classrooms while fostering your child's love of reading!  Families, relatives, and friends may sponsor a child's reading during the one week Read-A-Thon period.

Students are seeking to raise money for each minute that is read outside of school. Whether you are able to pledge $0.10 a minute or $0.20, your pledge will help us meet our goal!  All students participating in the Read-A-Thon will receive a prize!  

Information about the Read-A-Thon will be sent home with your child.   You may also download the parent letter, pledge sheet, and optional reading log from the PTO page on this site (navigate to Parent Groups and select “PTO”). 
 

Thank you for your continued support of the Bennett community of students and families! 

Language Club
!Hola! Bonjour! Konnichiwa!
 
Would you like to join the 2014-15 Language Club? There will be 5 meeting times for each session. The first session for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will meet after school from
3:50 - 5:00 pm:  November 6 & 20, December 4 & 18.
 
1st & 2nd grade: January & February (5 total meetings)
Kindergartners: March & April (5 total meetings)
Thank you!
Mrs. Baldwin
Art Show
On December 18th is the first Art Show at Bennett E.S.!  All students will be in the show and have their artwork in a frame.  The show will start from 8:30-4pm (during the school day) and the art will be throughout the school.  

Please stop by if you can get a chance to get a glimpse of all of the hard work the students at Bennett are creating in the art room.  If you want to buy the artwork in a nice frame; it will be sold for $19.  All students will get their artwork back after the show.


 
Practice Keyboarding at Home.
Our students in grades 1 - 5 are able to practice their keyboarding skills at home. In order to do this, you need to download Type to Learn 4 for your  home computer. Whatever the student does at home, they will continue moving on at school

To download, go to http://ttl4.sunburst.com/downloads/

Your child logs in with their student ID number as their username and bennettes as the password. When it asks for the account code, it is 104814.
If you have any problems or questions, please contact Mrs. Maher

 
Our Cancer Boy
When their classmate in Mrs. Starnes' class was diagnosed with a brain tumor 2 years ago, the children rallied around him showing support and compassion. They turned their questions into a story that is now being published through Archway Publishing Company. A Kickstarter campaign has been launched to fund free copies of the book for schools and hospitals around the country. Fox 5 did a follow up story as well. The book is expected to be available for purchase in October, and we will make details available once they are known.

Are you registered for Parent Portal?
If you are not registered for Parent Portal, please hover your mouse over Parent Portal on the left and then click on Parent Portal and register.  Once you have been authorized, you will receive an email. Print out the email and bring it to the school office along with photo ID during school hours.  You will then be activated at that time.

If you previously registered for Parent Portal, please log into Parent Portal to make sure that you see all of your children and their infomation.

Thank you.

PE at Bennett ES
As we begin another year, please remember that all students are expected to wear a tennis type shoe/sneaker to P.E. class.  

To read a welcome letter from the PE team with more information, please click here.



 
Time to Link Harris Teeter VIC cards.
Welcome Back to the Together In Education program!
The new TIE school year has begun, and it's time to re-link those VIC cards!  Money raised through this program goes to acquiring technology at Bennett Elementary.  There are several ways to link your VIC card:
  • The Harris Teeter website - My Harris Teeter profile
  • At the register at the store
  • At the Customer Service desk in the store
  • Sending your last name, VIC card number and/or a phone number to Mrs. Maher (maherv@pwcs.edu)
As an added bonus this year, Harris Teeter has  decided to reward 14 lucky customers for linking their VIC cards. Every customer that links their VIC card for the 2014-15 school year will be automatically entered to win $200 in Harris Teeter gift cards for themselves, as well as $200 for the school that they support! Drawings will begin on August 6, and run through November 5!
 Make sure to link your VIC card; you and Bennett Elementary School could be winners!  

Bennett Student is Gandhi Art Exhibit winner
 Taylor Haley, a 5th grader at Bennett, won third place for her photography at the Gandhi art exhibit at James Madison University.  Her competition was world wide and got many applicants from Russia, Denmark, China, and more.  The theme of the competition was diversity and she chose the image of three different colored leaves.  For her artist statement she wrote, "My picture shows diversity because all the leaves are different. Some of the leaves have speckles while others are plain. Also, each leaf comes from a different kind of tree and are different colors. The connecting stems show that they are all connected. Even though they don’t look like each other, they all share the same background."


Dr. Michael Otagbe Visits Bennett
Though they were both born in Africa, Dr. Michael Otagbe in Nigeria, and Bennett Student Jeanie Koepsell in Mozambique, they hadn’t met until just recently. In a surprise visit, School Board Member Dr. Otagbe came to congratulate Bennett’s students and staff on being named a School of Excellence. The two enjoyed meeting someone from their home continent of Africa.  Though both speak different native and tribal languages, they were unfamiliar with each other's and communicated in English.   

Bennett Recognized as School of Excellence

Congratulations to the student, staff, and Bennett parent community on being recognized as a Prince William County School of Excellence based on our data from the 2012-2013 school year. This prestigious award is based on multiple factors of student achievement and overall school climate. 

Schools can receive a maximum of 100 points, Bennett's score was 95! 90 points are needed to receive the award.

We would like to thank the teachers, students, and community that made this very special designation happen. Our Associate Superintendent, Mr. Todd Erickson will join us in a school based celebration later this year!

Mr. Ritter and Mrs. Wieduwilt


Baldrige Information for Parents

Baldrige is about building learning systems in the classroom in which every member of the class (and school) is involved. Teachers work with students to take responsibility for theirown learning, so the very first thing that a teacher does with his/her students is build the culture of the classroom by creating an atmosphere of trust and acceptance.  

Click here for more information. 



Rich in History and Excellence
Bennett Elementary School has a long history of pride in learning and relationships among students, parents, and staff.  Our school focuses on a strong academic program as well as helping students succeed and build everyday relationships.  The Prince William County Curriculum, which includes the Virginia Standards of Learning, is the school's guide for instruction.  Parents are very involved and supportive of their children's education.  Staff members are highly committed professionals who believe in preparing students to function effectively in an ever-changing technological society.


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