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Kindergarten New Parent Information


Kindergarten New Parent Information


Welcome to Bennett-Hemenway Elementary School!  We are excited to have your child join us.


School Calendar:


The Natick Public Schools calendar is available HERE.  This calendar shows days in school, early release days and holidays and vacations.  The next year’s calendar is usually posted after it is approved by the School Committee, generally in mid to late April.

 


Arrival and Dismissal:

Visit our Transportation Department to register your child for the bus. Bus registration occurs in April. Click here to register your child and to review our transportation policies.

 


Morning Drop Off:

Click here to review how live car drop off works.

 


Dismissal:

Elementary Schools in Natick use PickUp Patrol for managing all dismissal plans and dismissal plan changes.  This includes absences, late arrivals and early dismissals. You also have the option to enter dismissal changes for future dates.

PickUp Patrol is:

  • Convenient: Make changes, days, weeks or months in advance.
  •  Automated: Reduces classroom interruptions and accurately tracks who’s going where.
  •  Safe and Secure: All student information is secure and the program is entirely administered by our own school staff.

Each August you will be asked to set up your child’s default dismissal plan via email from PickUp Patrol.  Your child’s default plan is “typically” the way your child will be sent home each day. Please note that default plans can only be set up on a laptop or desktop.

Once this plan is set up you will have the opportunity to download the app on your mobile phone, making it quick and easy to access the program for those last minute changes.


ALL plan changes should be submitted through PickUp Patrol.


The PickUp Patrol app is not found in the app store or google play store.  You need to add the app to your homescreen from the browser.


To download the PickUp Patrol app:

From the browser on your phone go to http://app.pickuppatrol.net/parents


On an Android device:

Click on the three dots next to the app name.

Choose Add to the Homepage.


On an iPhone:

Click on the box with an arrow at the bottom of your screen.

Choose Add to the Homepage

 


Lunch Menus & Payment System:

Natick Public Schools use My School Bucks to manage lunch payments.  Click here to sign your child up for My School Bucks.  You will need your child’s student id number to sign up.


Click here to view the Elementary School Lunch Menu.


Communication:

School News:

Ben-Hem Weekly Newsletter is posted on our website every Friday afternoon, http://benhem.natickps.org/news/current.  Scroll down and click on the Current News link to see what’s happening at Ben-Hem.


District News:

NPS ENGAGE is an email blast with all the information from the District and the schools in one email. SUBSCRIBE HERE.


Ben-Hem PTO:

The PTO uses a restricted Google Group, Ben-Hem Bobcat Bulletin, to distribute weekly emails. Members must be approved by a group moderator. Sign up today to receive the Bulletin. If you do not wish to join, all information in the Bulletin is also available throughout this website, www.benhempto.org.


After School Programs:

Natick ASAP After School and Early Risers Program: http://natickps.org/programs/asap

Later at Longfellow - Natick:    https://childcarecenter.us/provider_detail/later_longfellow_natick_ma

Tobin Afterschool: http://www.tobinafterschool.org/learning/afterschool-program/

YMCA - School’s Out: https://www.metrowestymca.org/regional-education/schools-out/schools-out-natick


Volunteer Form (CORI Background Check Authorization):

To volunteer at Ben-Hem you need to fill out a CORI form and submit it to the school 2 weeks prior to the first time you wish to volunteer.  You can also submit the form at the beginning of the school year.  Please Note: In a non-pandemic year, Kindergarten usually has their first field trip in late September or early October.  To be eligible to be a chaperone we must have a completed CORI form on file.

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