Welcome back from what we hope proved to be a relaxing and restful summer. The new school year is off to a great start with 688 students as of September 30th. September has proved very exciting at Bennett Elementary, featuring multiple events. Many thanks are extended to the entire staff for all their efforts with Open House and Back to School Night. The parent turnout was fantastic and as always, we are so thankful for our parent volunteers and PTO for their continuous support. The PTO is hosting a wonderful Fall Festival on October 21st. Thank you to the PTO board and all the staff and volunteers that are helping. Another way to get involved is by joining the Bennett Advisory Council. The Bennett Advisory Council meets the second Wednesday of each month at 4:05 in the library. If you are at all interested, please join us at our next meeting to see if you would like to commit to serve as a voting member. The council’s mission is to provide an inside view of how the division and school work from a planning and fiscal standpoint. Also, members have the opportunity to weigh in on possible programs and areas of focus for moving forward. October is National Walk to School Month. Mr. Collins and Mrs. Watts are encouraging students to walk as much as possible. Thanks to the Lake Jackson Fire Department, who kindly joined us on International Walk to School Day to walk with students and staff.
We enthusiastically welcome several new staff members and current staff members with a changed position: Jennifer Domagalski as Assistant Principal, Amy Holt in art, Christine Miller working with students with autism, Katie Kauzlick providing resource services, Kiara Cain moving to 1st grade, Mike Mongillo as our reading specialist, Windsor Johnson to third grade, and Lisa Watts to PE Assistant. Additionally, Ellen Pashiardis will serve as Bennett’s part-time professional school counselor. We feel very fortunate to expand the Bennett staff with these talented individuals. Also, we are proud to report that Bennett Elementary ranked seventh in student achievement among the sixty three elementary schools in Prince William County. This is a direct reflection of our outstanding staff, supportive parent community, and hardworking students. Thank you for your continuous support to help our students achieve these high levels.
As usual, we have a couple of housekeeping items. Students must be supervised on the playground before or after school; students may not be dropped off at the playground. Please refrain from blocking or parking in the student drop off zone or no parking zones before or after school. We greatly appreciate everyone’s cooperation in using the cross walks consistently and observing our one-way traffic pattern. Also, when utilizing the drop off zone for Kiss N Ride, please pull your vehicle as far up as possible during arrival and dismissal, your Kiss N Ride number is clearly displayed and visible, and children are exiting exclusively from the right side of the vehicle. Drop off is designed to provide an expedited service. Finally, photo identification is REQUIRED every time you sign-in during the school day. We extend many thanks to the parent volunteers serving our school daily. As always, thank you for helping us maintain a safe and orderly environment for every student.
We look forward to another great school year. Bennett staff believes in open lines of communication. If you have a question or concern: please address it with your child’s teacher. If clarification is needed, contact Mr. Ritter or Ms. Domagalski by phone or e-mail. We are always happy to meet with parents, simply call and schedule an appointment. We look forward to partnering together for a successful year for each of our Bear students!
Matthew Ritter Jennifer Domagalski
Principal Assistant Principal