Benefield Parent Newsletter

April 24, 2020

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Greetings Parents & Guardians-


Thank you again for the work you are doing with your child at home! It was so great seeing so many of you on Monday night for our Virtual Parent Night. The link to that presentation is attached below in case you missed it.


The Discovery cluster principals are talking next week to begin drafting plans for students to pick up their belongings shelter in place is lifted. If you have any questions, you can always email or call me at shonda_stevens@gcpsk12.org. You can also reach out to your child's assistant principal or counselor. Their information is below.


Our teachers are working hard to keep things simple, manageable, and focused on essential learning. Please continue to communicate with your child's teacher. We understand that students and families are in different situations.

Proud to serve you,

Mrs. Stevens

Teacher Appreciation Week

We will be honoring our teachers for their hard work and dedication May 4-8. Please show your appreciation for your child's teacher by sending an email or note.


Our teachers are working hard to keep things simple, manageable, and focused on essential learning. Please continue to communicate with your child's teacher. We understand that students and families are in different situations.

Digital Learning Day Survey

Thank you for your survey responses. Broadly grouping, parents were either appreciative of or asked for:

  1. More Digital Classes (mini-lessons, recordings, small groups, etc)
  2. Checklists (to know what students should do and/or turn in)
  3. All material on one platform


There were other great questions, that require deeper and more thought-out explanations than is possible in a newsletter. Please know that we heard each and every comment. We appreciate the opportunity to reflect and to plan with your thoughts in mind.

Digital Learning Day (DLD) Grading

Gwinnett County has given a great amount of control to elementary schools for DLD grading. Discovery elementary principals gathered to form similar plans for how our grading would be simple, manageable, and focused on essential learning.


  1. We do not plan to retroactively grade for weeks 1 and 2 of DLD (before Spring Break).
  2. All work must be completed digitally via eCLASS and/or Google Classroom.
  3. Each week, teachers will take one weekly grade in Reading and Math.
  4. Every other week, teachers will take one grade in Science, and Social studies.
  5. These grades can combine some or all of the work done that week in that subject.


Our plan is to keep things as simple as possible and to focus on essential learning to help your child toward the next grade level. We realize that families are facing many challenges. If you have a concern, please contact your child's teacher.

BES Spirit Week Pictures

Students are encouraged to add their pictures to the Benefield Elementary eCLASS Homepage or send their picture to their homeroom teacher. Pictures will appear on the school website and eCLASS Homepage throughout Spirit Week!
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Yearbook News

It's not too late to order your 2019-20 school year.... Should you need any assistance, please email: Xandria_McBride@gcps.org

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Kindergarten Online Registration

WHO:

Rising kindergarteners - children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2020 - and their parents or guardians.


WHAT:

Register for the 2020-21 school year.


WHEN:

Beginning April 7, complete online registration on the BES website. Once we have reopened, we will plan activities to welcome and introduce our new kindergartners to Benefield Elementary. We will communicate out, but please also check our website for updates on these activities.


WHERE:

Visit the BES website to register online. If you’re not sure if your child will attend Benefield Elementary, visit the county's "School Look-up" online at GCPS SchoolLocator. Be careful! Zillow is not always correct!


WHY:

Completing online registration will help your child’s teacher to be ready to welcome your new kindergartner on the first day of school— Wednesday, August 5, 2020. Look online for other important calendar dates for the 2020-21 school year (pdf).


HOW:

New this year, much of the registration process, including the uploading of documents needed for registration, will be completed online. Most document attachments (PDF, JPG, DOC, PNG, etc.) are compatible. The file-size limit is 2 MB. Families that are unable to obtain the required immunization and/or screening documents due to the COVID-19 situation will be given additional time to obtain those documents but should go ahead and begin the online registration process.


NEED HELP?:

Contact our registrar, Phyllis Swift or Serenity Estis. We can even set up a video chat if needed.

New incentives for signing up for the Virtual Bookmobile 5K/Fun Run!

New incentives for signing up for the Virtual Bookmobile 5K/Fun Run! In addition to your Bookmobile t-shirt, you will also receive a Jeans Pass and a custom wooden medal! The school with the most participants will receive a free visit from the Bookmobile. You can complete your virtual race anytime between now and May 2nd. Sign up here: https://www.fundracers.org/Info.aspx?url=bookmobile5k.com. Thanks to all who have already signed up!

Media Mania

Are you looking for some new books to read? Over 10,000 e-books have been added to our Online Research Library. Students can access the Online Research Library through eClass. Directions are posted on the Media Center eClass page under “how to videos.”


Also, don’t forget that students who have signed up for the Branch Out program have access to all of the e-books and resources from the Gwinnett County Public Library. To log in, use your student number as the user and your birthday (MMDD) as the password. If you would like to sign up for the Branch Out program, sign up here.


Remember to stop by the Media Center eClass page for read alouds, videos and maker activities!

Please sign up for Remind Notifications

PreK--- Text @pk-titans to 81010

Kindergarten - - Text @k-titans 81010

1st Grade- - Text @1-titans 81010

2nd Grade- - Text @2-titans 81010

3rd Grade- - Text @3-titans 81010

4th Grade- - Text @4-titans 81010

5th Grade-- - Text @5-titans 81010


If you have more than one child at Benefield, you only need to join one Remind group. Thank you.

Your child's assistant principal (AP) and/or counselor are available to assist you.

Our Benefield students participating in Digital Learning!

At Benefield we believe all students can learn at high levels when the right strategies are put in place.