Benfield Family Newsletter
October 3, 2021
Greetings Benfield Families!
We have had a terrific first month of school, and it sure feels great to have our children back in school for a full five days! They are doing a terrific job, and I and so proud of their perseverance and commitment to learning.
AACPS will continue to use the Parent Portal as a means for keeping parents up-to-date on their child's grades and progress in school. The five-week mark of the first marking period is next week. Be sure to check PowerSchool Parent Portal beginning October 11th for your child's progress. If you have not signed up for parent portal, be on the lookout for an email on Wednesday with information on how you can access this useful website.
We are working on plans for Halloween that will include a small-scale party in the classrooms. We will work with the room parents to organize the event. Due to the "gathering in a large crowd" restriction, we will not be hosting an outdoor parade for our families.
We will have three opportunities in the next two months to host Parent-Teacher Conferences. Your child's teacher will reach out to you to schedule the conference. The conferences will take place during a two-hour early dismissal or two-hour late arrival day. There will be a virtual option for the conferences. The dates are: October 21st (2:15 - 4:15), November 22nd (8:15 - 10:30), November 23 (2:!5 - 4:15).
School Phone: (410) 222 – 6555
Google Voice: (302) 404 – 6898
The makeup/retake day is scheduled for November 15th.
Be sure your child has an extra mask in their book bag in case theirs gets soiled. The following is the AACPS Guidelines for masks:
- Masks must be worn, with limited exceptions stipulated in the regulation, by anyone inside an AACPS building.
- Masks must be a solid piece of material without slits, exhalation valves, or punctures. They must cover the nose and mouth, be secured to the head, and fit snugly against the side of the face.
- Gaiters are not acceptable as face coverings.
School Counselor's Corner
Note from Mrs. Wrye (School Counselor)-
As part of the developmental guidance program at Benfield Elementary School, some students are invited to participate in small counseling groups (grades 1-5). Children who share common concerns often benefit by meeting together to receive support through talking, learning, and sharing with one another. Participation in these groups is voluntary. The small groups are typically held once a week during student lunch times and run for approximately 8 weeks. If you would like your child to be considered for participation in a group to work on one or some of the childhood concerns listed below, please complete and submit this form.
Please know that groups are created based off the need presented at each grade level and are held at different times throughout the school year. I will do my best to include as many students as possible, but unfortunately not all interested students will fit into a group each year. If your student is selected to participate, you will receive a permission form prior to their first group meeting. Feel free to email me with any questions or concerns at email@example.com.
Mrs. Wrye's Google Page - lots of resources 😊
AACPS School Reopening Plan: This website is updated regularly as information changes. Please check it regularly.
Contact Tracing Protocols: Important information about contact tracing.
Safety Protocols: This links shares the safety protocols in place at schools.
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
Emergency Form - Please be sure to update and submit your child's emergency form.
Transportation Form Acknowledgement of COVID-19 Risk - any student who rides the bus to school must have this form on file.
School Meal Prices for the 2021-2022 School Year
All school meals (breakfast and lunch) are free to all students effective September 8, 2021, through the last day of school in June 2022. Students may bring their own lunch from home or get a school lunch. There will be one hot choice and one cold choice daily. You can access the menu here: AACPS Menu.
Meal Benefit Applications are still required by the State and will be made available beginning August 2021. Although meals are free, we are required to collect Meal Benefit Applications for programming and funding. To complete a Meal Benefit Application for SY 2021-2022, log onto
Benfield Elementary PTO
Benfield PTO 2021-2022 Board
President - Marci Flynn
Vice President - Cara O'Brien
Secretary - Jessica Duncan
Fundraising - Beth Karsner and Elizabeth Somerset
Volunteer Coordinators - Krissy Archer, Bridgette Richburg, Martha Satterfield