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Divisionwide Announcements
Shop for School Tax-Free before School Begins; Virginia Sales Tax Holiday is August 1–3
July 21, 2014

School supplies selling for $20 or less per item and articles of clothing, including footwear, selling for $100 or less per item will be exempt from sales tax during the Virginia Sales Tax Holiday scheduled for Friday, August 1 through Sunday, August 3.

Families with children in Prince William County Public Schools are encouraged to take advantage of these savings to prepare their students for the upcoming school year. Check your school’s Web site or call your school for a copy of the 2014–15 supply list. For a directory of schools, go to and click on “Schools,” then select the directory by grade level.

Go to the
Virginia Department of Taxation Web site for additional details and links to other resources and information.

Beginning July 28, SPARK, the Education Foundation for PWCS, will collect school supplies at the Kelly Leadership Center to help ensure that all student have the back-to-school basics they need to return to school ready to learn. The Kelly Leadership Center is located at 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas, VA 20112
Most-needed items include backpacks, 3-ring binders, tabbed dividers, folders with pockets, spiral notebooks, loose-leaf paper, colored pencils, pencil boxes/bags, tissues, hand sanitizer, marble composition books, ink pens (blue or black), No. 2 pencils, washable markers, crayons, highlighters, glue/glue sticks, rounded scissors, index cards, and graph paper.
School Announcements
2014-15 School Supply Lists

Please click here to go to the list of needed school supplies for next year.  Click on the grade level needed.  Supply information is given in both English and Spanish.

Thank You for Your Support!

Thank you for your support with the Giant Bonus Bucks and the Harris Teeter Together in Education programs. 

We earned $1,136.91 from Giant and $1196.99 from Harris Teeter.  

The funds we receive go to support technology at Bennett.

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."

Valentines for Special Children
 Bennett Elementary students shared the love by making special valentines for children in a local area hospital. More than 100 cards were made and delivered to the Pediatric Oncology Unit at INOVA FAIRFAX HOSPITAL. Michael Murdock, a third grader at Bennett, was a patient there last year, and thought it would be nice to spread some good cheer, wishes, and hopes to the children battling cancer.


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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