Bennett Elementary FAQ for Families 

Here is important information for the upcoming school year for Families returning and new.

IMPORTANT DATES

August 26          Classroom Assignments emailed to families
August 30          Teacher Meet & Greet 1st – 5th grades – 4-5PM

August 30           Kindergarten Orientation – 5-6PM

September 1     First day of School (Grades 1st – 5th)
September 5     Labor Day – No School
September 7     First day of School (Kindergarten)

Important Information for Families new to BSD/Bennett:

Want to enroll at Bennett or the Bellevue School District? Wait Please visit our BSD Enrollment page for specific information on the enrollment process.

Kindergarten Enrollment is Open Now! Don’t wait until fall, sign up today for the 2022-23 school year! Learn more about the Bellevue School District Kindergarten programs, including our dual language and immersion K-12 programs, and enroll today! More information available on the Kindergarten Enrollment webpage.

Kindergarten Summer Playdate Information. If you have an incoming Kindergarten student at Bennett this fall, please feel free to join us for our playdates (parents are required to stay). This is optional, but a great way for students and parents to get to know each other before school begins. Please be sure to follow all CDC Covid-19 guidelines.

Dates: Saturday, August 6th & 20th

Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Where: Bennett Elementary Playground

If you have question please contact the following parents:

Allison Huff – allisonaltizer@hotmail.com

Anna Bird – annab_23@hotmail.com

 

Important Information for All Families:

Year End Progress Reports. Teachers are working now to finalize year end progress reports for all students.  These progress reports will be available for parent access beginning Friday June 24th at 12:00 pm.  Parents can view progress reports through our school district’s learning management system in BSD Parent VUE or Student VUE.

Information on how to log into Student Vue and Parent Vue can be found here:  https://bsd405.org/departments/district-technology/grades-attendance/ .  Click here for directions: EnglishSpanishChinese.

School Supply List for 2022-2023.  Summer break just started, but we’re already thinking about next year.  The 2022-2023 school supplies list  for each grade is now available. The items on these lists are optional and focus on those items that are reusable for students throughout their educational career here at Bennett. Every Bennett Elementary School student will be supplied with the instructional materials (e.g. textbooks, workbooks, paper, pencils, crayons, etc.) necessary for their academic success. We recognize children often like to bring their own supplies to supplement what we provide at school. Items you may choose to send with your child will be shared with the rest of the class and help us stretch school resources further. Thank you in advance for sending any or all of these suggested supplies to school. Your contributions promote all children’s academic success. Questions?  Please contact Melanie Pierson.

Student Devices and Online Summer Learning.  During the last week of school, teachers have collected student iPads and computers so that the technology department is able to reimage devices over the summer to ensure that they are up to date and running smoothly for students in the fall.

When students return to school in September:

  • Rising kindergarten and 1st grade students will receive an iPad.
  • Rising 2nd grade students will receive a new laptop computer.
  • Rising 3rd – 5th grade students will receive their previously assigned computer.
  • 6th grade students will be issued a new device at their middle school.

Summer Learning Options for All. Students worked hard this school year and deserve time this summer to rest, relax and play outside.  At the same time, we encourage all students to continue to access Clever over the summer. In particular, the literacy and math adaptive software programs – Lexia and Khan  Academy- remain accessible for free student use.  Students may access these programs by going to www.Clever.com and logging in with their district credentials.  Students should be able to log in on a computer, tablet or smartphone.* but will need internet access.

Class Placement email notification by Friday, August 26th. Check your email inbox on Friday afternoon, August 26th. We will be sending out information on classroom placement for 2022-23.  If your email contact information needs updating, please contact Melanie Pierson.

Teacher Meet & Greet/Kindergarten Orientation.   Mark your calendars now to stop by Bennett Elementary on the afternoon of Tuesday August 30th to meet your teacher, tour the school and drop off your school supplies.   Meet and Greet begins at 4:00 pm.  Kindergarten will have their K orientation directly after the Meet and Greet at 5:00.

Summer Nutrition Services.  Children 18 and younger are welcome to participate in the free summer meal program offered by Nutrition Services. The summer meal program provides free, nutritious meals to help children get the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow. Summer meals will be offered at Lake Hills Elementary and Sammamish High school.

Learn how to access summer meals through BSD and other providers in our region.

Nutrition Services Updates 2022-2023. As we prepare for the reopening of school on September 1, 2022, families should anticipate that free meals will no longer be available for all students attending a BSD school. With the expiration of USDA waivers at the end of this school year, Nutrition Services will return to traditional methods of payment for school meals (free, reduced price or paid).

Look for the 2022-2023 application for school meal benefits online on the Free & Reduced Price Meals webpage by August 15, 2022.

New: Students determined to be eligible for reduced price school meals will be able to receive lunch for free. Due to new state funding, the $0.40 copay for a reduced price lunch will no longer be collected. Students eligible for reduced price school meals will continue to receive breakfast for free in schools that offer the program.

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.