Benefield Parent Newsletter

Titans United: Together We Shine

February 11, 2021

Greetings Benefield Parents,


We look forward to seeing you tonight at 7:00 p.m. via ZOOM! You will learn how you can partner with your child's teacher during the upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences and what questions to ask to make sure you are informed about your student's progress.


We are excited to let you know about our upcoming Virtual Awards Ceremony Nights on February 23, 2021, for K-2 students and February 25, 2021, for 3-5 students at 6:00 p.m. We will honor students who earned all As and Bs during the first semester, as well as students who have made academic gains this year. Invitations will be sent to students who will be recognized.


If you haven't done so already, please sign up for a conference time with your child's teacher. This is a time where you can celebrate your child and learn how you can support them at home. Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held next week! If you need assistance with signing up for a conference, please feel free to contact our Parent Center at 678-518-698 or email Xandria McBride.


Thank you for all you do to support at home learning.


Honored to be your principal,

Shonda Stevens

February Calendar of Events

February 11 - Preparing for Conferences Parent Mtg. 7:00 pm via Zoom

February 12 - Student-Teacher Holiday (No school)

February 15 - Student Holiday (No school)

February 17 - Early Release/Parent-Teacher Conferences

February 18 - Early Release/Parent-Teacher Conferences

February 19 - Wear Green (Black Heritage Month)

February 23- K-2 Award Ceremony (By Invitation)

February 25 - 3-5 Award Ceremony (By Invitation)

February 26 - Wear Gold (Black Heritage Month)

February 27 - Saturday Intervention, 9:00 am

Here are 5 reasons why Parent-Teacher Conferences matter:

  1. Builds a partnership between parent and teacher can make a student’s education more meaningful.

  2. Parent-teacher conferences allow teachers to clearly discuss and outline student progress with families.

  3. Research shows that parent-teacher conferences benefit students.

  4. Virtual parent-teacher conferences are convenient and efficient but still effective.

  5. Meeting with parents can help teachers discover their student’s passions, interests, and hobbies.

Things to Do At Home With Your Children

K-2

Connect with a bedtime conversation

It isn't always easy for parents and children to find time for meaningful conversation. One way is to let bedtime stories turn into bedtime chats. Kids are never too old for evening chats. When the lights are out, a child who might not want to communicate during the day may open up. And the bonds your communication builds will help your child make good choices in school and life.


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3-5

Add some math to your child's TV time

Does your child love TV? Here's a way to add value to his screen time. As he watches, have your child keep track of the number of minutes of the program before each commercial break, and then the number of minutes of commercials. Which is greater, program minutes or commercial minutes? Help him create a bar graph with his results.


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Safety Reminder

In order to continue safety here at Benefield, please help us at home. As students return to the building, please remember to assess your child each morning for wellness.


Safety continues to be our priority. If your child is exhibiting symptoms, please keep them home and notify the teacher via email. It is important to do a wellness assessment each morning before sending your child to school. Check for temperature and symptoms using the checklist below:


□ Fever (100.4° or higher)

□ Headache

□ Sore throat

□ Cough

□ New loss of taste or smell

□ Fatigue

□ Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

□ Congestion or runny nose

□ Muscle or body aches

□ Nausea or vomiting

□ Diarrhea


When an individual has not tested for COVID-19 and is NOT a close contact to a case. Individuals with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will likely have at least 2 symptoms of COVID-19 illness listed above, that cannot be explained by another underlying medical condition or at least 1 of the following: Fever 100.4 or higher, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or new loss of taste or smell.


A suspected case is considered to be a positive case until medical clearance is provided by a health care provider or until they have tested negative.

Imagine Math Classroom Contest


February is the month of love – the love of math that is!


We need every student to complete Imagine Math lessons during February. Every Monday in February, we will randomly select five classrooms that average 4+ passed math lessons for the week (Monday-Sunday) and award a $50 e-gift card. Everyone loves gift cards!


The contest is open to all Imagine Math students in PreK-5. Imagine Math classrooms must have 8+ students active each week to enter the contest.

Saturday Intervention for grades 2-5

Saturday Intervention is back in session! Our second session for 2021 will be Saturday, February 27, 2021, from 8:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The purpose of Saturday Intervention is to provide all students with an additional opportunity to complete missing or failing assignments. We are excited to provide this second chance opportunity to all of our learners.


The purpose of Saturday Intervention is to allow another opportunity for our students to complete missing assignments and for a second opportunity for those needing a second chance on graded work.


Please make sure your child brings his/her device. Students will receive their car rider number during drop-off. Students/staff will be masked and in large work, areas to ensure social distancing.


Future dates:

March 6– Intervention, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

March 27–- Saturday Intervention, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

April 17–- Saturday Intervention, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

May 1–Saturday Intervention, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.


Please email lydia.fortson@gcpsk12.org, should you have any questions.

Please Visit The Parent Center

The Parent Center is available to offer grade-level specific resources to support all of the grade-level standards. If you would like to schedule a Zoom session, please feel free to email Xandria McBride or contact the Parent Center at 678-518-6981.

Titan Water Bottle Sales

Show your school spirit by purchasing your Benefield Titan water bottle! Water bottles go on sale March 1, 2021 for $5.00 each. Submit your payment online through My Payments Plus. Bring it to school to stay refreshed and hydrated during class. Get yours before they sell out! All proceeds will benefit our school PBIS program.

Kids Heart Challenge

Join us Benefield families! We want each of our students to pledge to be heart healthy. Choose your challenge today! #kidsheartchallenge #hearthero #hearthealth

www.heart.org/kidsheartchallenge

Yearbooks

These are the days you want to remember forever. Purchase your yearbook before it is too late! The yearbooks are on sale now for $30 via mypaymentsplus.com.

Black History Month in Action!