Cradles to Crayons Coat Drive


Cradles to Crayons Coat Drive

by Jack Verity, 6th Grade, Wilson Middle School

Bennett Hemenway School is joining Cradles to Crayons to Gear Up For Winter – a product collection for children’s coats, warm clothing and boots to help thousands of families served by Cradles to Crayons. Please join us! Recycle children’s items your family has outgrown and help make a difference! Please be sure the items are new or gently used. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept items with tears or stains.

Our goal is to collect 100 items of warm clothing and winter coats (sizes newborn to 18/20).
Bring donations to Bennett Hemenway lobby during the collection dates:
Monday, November 5th – Friday, November 16th
Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive at home, at school and at play. We supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need. For additional information, visit
Any questions? Please contact the main office at Ben-Hem, 508.647.6580

Friday October 26th, 2012

It has been a great week at Ben-Hem! This week Mr. Gatto held assemblies with our 2nd and 3rd grade students. During these assemblies Mr. Gatto worked with our Bobcats to discuss and learn more about our core values in action. They talked about how to be a CAREing community and what that looks like at Ben-Hem. The students did an awesome job sharing ideas, drawing pictures, and writing all about what it takes to be a successful Bobcat!

This week we received notification from the governor’s office that Ben-Hem has received a commendation  from the state for high growth and performance on last spring’s MCAS assessments. This is the third year in a row we have received this recognition and we are very, very proud.


Two Great Events for Ben-Hem Parents

During November, Ben-Hem will host two great informational events for parents and community members. If you plan on attending, please complete the appropriate registration form linked below.

November 8th: Primary Reading K-2: How to support young readers at home
6:00 – 7:30 in the school library

Primary Reading Registration

 Presented by Kristin Stoetzel, Reading Specialist, and Kathy Krakauer, Grade One Teacher
Have you ever struggled with finding the right book for your child or wondered what you can do to support your child at home?  This parent workshop will provide detailed information about readers at all stages of development, including examples of just right books and effective strategies you can use.

November 15th: MCAS for Parents Grades 3-4
6:00 – 7:30 in the school cafeteria
Presented by Ian Kelly, Principal and Ben Gatto, Assistant Principal
3rd and 4th grade mark the beginning of standardized testing for our students. For many students (and families) this is an unfamiliar situation. The press that MCAS receives often drives misconceptions and unnecessary anxiety. In this session, parents and families will gain insight into the design, structure, and scoring of the tests. They will also have an opportunity to discuss effective strategies surrounding preparing for and discussing these assessments with their children.