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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.

Free Office 365 Suite Available for PWCS Students
Microsoft's new Student Advantage Program permits downloading and use of the entire Office 365 suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher, Lync, Outlook, and Access) on up to five compatible PCs or Macs at no charge.

The free program is open to students in grades 3-12. Downloaded software can be used by family members too. It includes free automatic updates, and is good for as long as students remain in Prince William County Public Schools. Access to Microsoft's OneDrive makes it easy to synch data between personal computers. 

View instructions for installing the software. (link below)
Students can download Office 365 mobile apps for iPad, iPhone, Android and Windows Phones at no charge from their respective app stores or
. Once they are installed, users will be prompted to login with the student network account to verify the child as a PWCS student.
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: December 18.
1st & 2nd grade: January & February (5 total meetings)
Kindergartners: March & April (5 total meetings)
Thank you!
Mrs. Baldwin

Bennett Elementary Earns School of Excellence Designation
School communities across Prince William County are celebrating the designation of "Schools of Excellence" based on performance in the 2013-14 school year.  Schools earn the coveted distinction by demonstrating high levels of performance, as evaluated by state accreditation and Virginia academic Annual Measurable Objectives.  Schools of Excellence must also attain an overall score of at least 90 out of 100 points of the PWCS Strategic Place-based measures.
The recognition program began in 1999.  The School of Excellence distinction is the highest recognition awarded to a school by the Prince William County School Board.  This is the 11th time that Bennett ES has received this honor.

Giant and Harris Teeter Bonus cards
Don't forget to link your Giant and Harris Teeter cards!  Money raised through this program goes to acquiring technology at Bennett Elementary.  

So far, the amount raised this year is

Giant - 35 cards enrolled   $188.21

Harris Teeter - 47 cards linked    $190.21

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.

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.

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.   

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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