Benfield Family Newsletter

March 13, 2023

Greetings Benfield Families! (I apologize ahead for the long read )

I cannot help but to remember that three years ago today, we were ordered to shut down school for two weeks to "flatten the curve." I remember popping into classrooms that afternoon and checking on teachers. When visiting Mrs. Bartlett, who is ever the optimist, she was writing her outcomes to be prepared for returning in two weeks (picture below). However, it was not two weeks; it was so much longer! Little did anyone know that it would be months before staff would be allowed to even enter the building, and almost a year before students would return.

Our Benfield community survived the impossible when school life and work life as we knew it changed, and we were suddenly thrust into a world of "virtual" school. Parents were juggling working from home and assisting their children navigate the world of virtual learning. Teachers were learning a new way of teaching with an ever-changing curriculum. It was such a challenging time for all - children, parents, caregivers, and school staff. I sometimes look back on that time period, and I am just amazed at how well we made it through a very difficult time.

When reviewing the data from the recent release of the state MCAP / MISA / MD Survey scores, it is obvious that not only does the Benfield staff care greatly for students, they work tirelessly to ensure they are learning. The last few years have been the most difficult in any current teachers' career, yet they achieved so much ! The learning curve was steep, but the staff at Benfield never faltered, not once.

Schools are assessed by the state in several areas, giving them an ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) ranking. In this analysis, the following areas were assessed for our school: MCAP scores, MCAP growth from the previous year, well-rounded curriculum, absenteeism, and climate. This year, Benfield had an overall rating of 93.3% (8.3% higher than last year) in all the combined areas and our ranking in Maryland was 99%.

I couldn't be prouder of "Team Benfield."

Sue Myers



School Phone: (410) 222 – 6555

Google Voice: (302) 404 – 6898

Instagram: benfieldesaacps

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Prekindergarten Application and Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration opens on April 12th and Prekindergarten applications will be accepted starting May 2nd. Information about the process for both can be found by clicking here. All registration is done online through the portal.

Summer Withdrawals

If you will not be returning to Benfield Elementary School for the 2023-2024 school year, please complete the withdrawal from and email it to Mrs. Wortz,
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Congratulations Davis!

One of Benfield's students, Davis Balderston participated in the Elk's Hoop Shoot Regional Challenge in Charlottesville this past weekend. He has won at several levels already, and we are so proud to announce that Davis won for his age group! He will now represent the region at the national competition in Chicago in April.

We wish Davis luck!

School Store

The Benfield School Store is open every Wednesday from 7:40 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

PTO Updates

Dear Families,

Spring is almost here, and we have lots of events coming up! See below for important information for the different events that the Benfield PTO is sponsoring in the next few months.

Thank You to Our March Sponsor - KW Landscaping, Inc.

It's that time of year when we are all thinking about our outdoor spaces. Please consider our March sponsor of the month when making your decisions.

The Benfield PTO would like to give a HUGE shout-out and thank you to KW Landscaping INC. Kevin attended Benfield, finishing 6th grade in 1986 and started KW Landscaping INC out of his parent’s garage in Chartwell back in the 1980s.

Team KW believes in taking care of others, so they can live a fulfilled life, and is happy to support Benfield’s PTO. KW Landscaping INC offers full landscape design, construction and management.

Shoot Kevin an email to set up a consultation for all your landscape needs:

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Support Benfield School and PTO Through Shopping or Donations !


Absent Notification - email and classroom teacher to notify us of your child's absence.

Background Checks and Fingerprinting directions

Emergency Form - Please be sure to update and submit your child's emergency form.

Family Newsletter - link to all previous newsletters

Parent Handbook from Student Agenda Book

Parent Portal: This is an excellent resource for parents as it has information about grades, attendance and more. If you have not signed in yet, be on the lookout for an email on Wednesday with instructions.

Permission to Administer Medication at School Form

Physical Education Restriction Form