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Bennett preschool students use technology to watch eggs hatch

Exciting things happening in Mrs. Brackett’s preschool class at Bennett Elementary School! The eggs the class put in their incubator (courtesy of Donor’s Choose) began to hatch on Friday, May 20! To ensure the students can witness the transformations, Mrs. Brackett set up a Google Hangout to live stream the incubation process! Check out the baby chickshatching! hangouts.google.com/call/necb6yjgwnaz3ks4gb7vsghuhye **Once you join the call, please mute your mic and turn off your camera for your own privacy.  DPS teachers continue to find fun and educational ways to engage students around the clock! #iloveDPS

State Rep. Gay-Dagnogo and DPS collaborate to host Legislators’ Tour

Detroit Public Schools, in collaboration with State Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit), hosted a Legislators’ Tour on Friday, Jan. 16. Co-hosts for the tour included: House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills), Rep. Brian Banks (D-Detroit), Sen. Bert Johnson (D-Detroit) and Sen. David Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights). Titled “Revitalizing Their Dreams Education Unity Tour,” the event commemorated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and aimed to foster bipartisan discussion around education policy as the bus made stops at multiple school buildings including: Adult Education Center-West Campus Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School (FLICS) Mark Twain School for Scholars Bennett Elementary School Davison Elementary-Middle School Charles Wright Academy of Arts and Science Communication & Media Arts High School The legislators also gained knowledge

Bennett Elementary hosts Detroit Red Wings “School Assembly Program”

Students in grades second through fifth at Bennett Elementary School participated in the Detroit Red Wings “School Assembly Program” on Thursday, December 11. The assembly was designed to introduce students to the sport of hockey and increase awareness about the importance of having a good education, achieving a healthy and active lifestyle and a special message on anti-bullying. The Red Wings School Assembly team played various games such as Red Wings trivia, a hockey stick relay race and a fun face-off between teachers and students during a hockey shootout competition. The Red Wings Foundation also donated two full sets of street hockey equipment to Bennett’s physical education program. The assembly was presented by the Detroit Red Wings Foundation, Michigan Education Savings

Village Women’s Club Foundation and Divine Child High School team up to bring Sweet Dreamzzz R.E.M. Sleep Program to Bennett Elementary

Students at Bennett Elementary School received the Sweet Dreamzzz R.E.M. (Rest. Educate. Motiwvate.) Sleep Program on Thursday, November 13. The program was funded by the Village Women’s Club Foundation, a private city club which offers fine dining, cultural, educational, social and philanthropic opportunities, and was supported by students from Divine Child High School in Dearborn. The Divine Child students made fleece blankets for the preschoolers in the program and volunteered for both set-up and distribution. Over 450 children and 40 parents learned about the importance of sleep and a healthy bedtime routine. According to Sweet Dreamzzz, developing healthy bedtime habits early on is important. Research reveals children commonly do not obtain enough sleep, which is crucial for better health, learning,

Bennett teacher honored at Goodfellows breakfast

Elizabeth Kolesar, a teacher at Bennett Elementary School, was honored at the Old Newsboy’s Goodfellows Fund of Detroit’s Annual Tribute Breakfast on Wednesday, November 19. The breakfast was held at Cobo Hall in the Riverfront Ballroom recognizing the Detroit Police Department for 100 years of partnership to ensure the Goodfellows mission of “no kiddie without Christmas.” The Detroit Goodfellows announced Kolesar as the fifth annual Goodfellows “Teacher of the Year” on June 10, 2014. Detroit Goodfellow’s board members surprised Kolesar at a school event with the news, presented her with a $200 gift card to buy classroom supplies, and informed her that she would be acknowledged at the Annual Tribute Breakfast. Principal Josette Buendia, Ms. Kolesar and eight Bennett students

2014 African American Pacesetters contest winners

KarLee Graves, a third-grader at Marcus Garvey Academy, and Jose Pelcastre-Herman, a fourth-grader at Bennett Elementary will receive prizes for winning the 2014 African American World History Pacesetters contest. Graves will receive 20 new books and a stuffed animal as her reading buddy and Pelcastre-Herman will receive a Kindle eReader. The purpose of this activity is to increase and assess students’ knowledge of the contributions made by African American pacesetters through the reading of biographies, autobiographies and African American Literature. The outcome will be students’ increased knowledge of African American contributions to the world and improved reading comprehension of informational text and narrative text.

School of the Week: Bennett Elementary School

Picture this… Four elementary school girls gripping karaoke microphones, singing their hearts out to one of their favorite pop star’s— Selena Gomez—hit songs. Watching their performance, it looks like the girls are in the comfort of their own home, or maybe at a friend’s house, but surprisingly these students are in their school cafeteria. Lunchtime at Bennett Elementary School is not your average “lunch hour” according to Principal Josette Buendia. Bennett’s lunchtime is infused with singing, laughter and support from classmates and staff much like the culture of the school. As students enjoy a deliciously balanced lunch, provided by the Office of School Nutrition, they are able to take part in a daily lunchtime karaoke session open to all. Students

Bennett playground receives a make-over from Playworks and Beaumont Health System

Watch the WDIV Local 4 News broadcast:  http://mediacenter.tveyes.com/downloadgateway.aspx?UserID=42730&MDID=2452841&MDSeed=4553&Type=Media Sunday morning Playworks story http://mediacenter.tveyes.com/downloadgateway.aspx?UserID=42730&MDID=2452856&MDSeed=2564&Type=Media Saturday night Playworks story  

Bennett Elementary in Southwest Detroit sees major upgrades to improve Safe Routes to School, thanks to MDOT grant

Detroit Public Schools’ Bennett Elementary in Southwest Detroit is seeing major upgrades to sidewalks and crosswalks to improve its Safe Routes to School, thanks to a federal grant. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)  in October 2011 announced that seven Michigan schools in four counties would receive federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grants averaging approximately $148,000 per school. The grants will pay for safety improvements and education programs aimed at encouraging students to travel safely between home and school. See the Channel 7 story here: http://wxyz.com/dpp/news/dps–mdot-make-routes-safer-for-kids Bennett Elementary School, located at 2111 Mullane, in partnership with MDOT and the city of Detroit, will  see  sidewalks and crosswalks installed on Mandale, Lawndale, Whittaker, Senator and Mullane streets, and will implement pedestrian

Baby and Me at Bennett PRC

Bennett Elementary School’s Parent Resource Center held a “Baby and Me” workshop Monday, March 11, filled with spring themed activities where parents had just as much fun as their little ones. The workshop started off with an upbeat sing-a-long that had the children smiling and laughing, followed by an interactive story from the Big Blue Book of Beginner Books. Next, parents and their children took part in a spring themed activity where each child was able to pick from a colorful batch of plastic eggs, ribbon and stickers to decorate their own unique Easter egg. Juice, fruit and cookies were made available for all participants as they worked up an appetite exercising their creative skills. Bennett’s PRC hosts Baby and