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School Announcements
2014-2015 Kindergarten Registration
 Bennett Elementary Kindergarten Registration for the 2014-2015 school year will be held on Thursday, April 24th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Additionally, we will be offering Registration from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, 2014 for parents that cannot join us from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

Students who will be five years of age or older by September 30, 2014 are eligible for enrollment in kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year. Registration will take place for those students who reside within Bennett Elementary School boundaries.

Click here for more information.



Bennett Elementary Family Heritage Night
 Celebrate the USA at the Bennett Elementary Family Heritage Night on Friday, May 2nd 6pm-8pm      

This special event is for students and their families to share their heritage with their school community.  We hope you will join us by sharing your family traditions as we honor customs found throughout our diverse community. 

Click here for more information.   

To see information in Spanish, click here.



Field Day is Coming!
 How would you like to spend a couple of hours playing games with some awesome Bennett students?  Since Field Day was canceled in October due to the weather, we have re-scheduled and it will be held on Friday, May 9, 2014.

Students in grades 3 - 5 will participate in the morning from 9:30 to 11:30 AM and students in grades K - 2 will participate in the afternoon from 1:00 - 3:00 PM.  

We are looking for parent volunteers to help run the stations.  

Please use the following link to sign up www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0448A4AB2BA20-field.  If you should have any questions, please feel free to email Mrs. Miller at millercbx@pwcs.edu  or Mr. Collins at Collinscd@pwcs.edu.  

We thank you in advance for your help and support and we look forward to a great Field Day event!


BENNETT PTO Plant sale

Pickup is Friday evening, May 2nd from 2 pm – 7 pm, during the Multicultural Night/Book Fair. We will be out front of the school, rain or shine! Please mark your calendar and be there to pick up your plants. We don’t have any place to store unclaimed plants.This is the same night as the Bennett Multicultural Night/Book Fair.

Questions, please call or text Catherine Landriel, 703-307-9426, wendycathe@yahoo.com or Jane Zatkowsky, 703-282-7095, jpj5559@gmail.com



School Board's approved plan for make up time
  •  The changes in the calendar and length of the instructional day have been/are being posted to the PWCS home page and school Web pages and announced via Blackboard Connect, SchoolFusion, E-News, Facebook, and Twitter, and provided to the news media; 
  • High school graduation dates are not affected;
  •  Middle and high school principals will be provided with a guidance document for making changes on the new bell schedules and adding the days in SMS; 
  • SMS staff will add the days in SMS for the elementary schools and there is no need to change the bell schedules at this level;
  • The Superintendent has determined that the 10 extra minutes have been added to the end of the instructional day and not the contract day; 
  • Provided there are no further closures or delays that impact the school schedule for the remainder of this school year, the last day of school will be Thursday, June 19, with high schools following end-of-year exam schedules and elementary and middle schools eligible for dismissal one hour early; and
  • The Superintendent has determined that principals can check teachers out on Thursday, June 19, as long as they have completed their checkout requirements. But teachers can use Friday, June 20 if needed.

 
Art over the Summer
 If your student is interested in doing Art over the summer you might be interested in joining Summer Art Enrichment program.  There is limited seats available and sign up is between March 3 through May 2.  

The class will take place on July 7-18, 2014 from 9am-Noon.  There is a summer art program held at Marsteller Middle School and Benton Middle School.  Satellite bus transportation is provided.

To apply for this summer art program; the parents have to do it online.  If interested, please email arts.departments@pwcs.edu and osmap.departments@pwcs.edu to request more information.



Book Fairs App
 
The FREE Book Fairs app enables parents to scan a book cover or barcode to find the age, grade, or reading level for a book.
Click here for more information.


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. These include:

Meeting the Virginia Annual Measurable Objectives
Making Accreditation based on the criteria set forth by the Commonwealth of Virginia
Having at least 25% of our students pass advance on the Standards of Learning exams in the four core academic areas
Meeting minimum requirements in state designated subgroups (students with disabilities, economically disadvantaged, limited English proficiency, Black, White , and Hispanic)
Having over an 85% satisfaction measured by staff and parent surveys
Having over an 80% satisfaction rate based on student surveys
Having 85% or more students passing wellness tests in abdominal, aerobic, flexibility, and upper body strength

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

Please relink your Harris Teeter and Giant cards.
Shopping at Harris Teeter and/or Giant can help us raise money towards technology at Bennett Elementary.  

If we earn $1000 from Harris Teeter, we will receive $1000 bonus at the end of the school year.
31 cards registered for Giant and 66 cards registered for Harris Teeter.  

So far this year, we have earned $217.53 at Harris Teeter.  The last 2 years we have missed receiving the $1000 bonus by only $25.  We have earned $171.77 at Giant.

Let's work to double our bonus this school year.

Thank you so much for all your support.



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 their own 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.  
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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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