Benefield Parent Newsletter

Titans United: Together We Shine

March 24, 2021

Greetings Benfield Parents and Guardians-


We are so blessed that we GET to support your child. We pray that our impact will be felt for many years! It's hard to believe that this school year is almost over! In just eight more weeks the 2020-21 school year will be forever etched in history. Despite these unprecedented times, our teachers, counselors, and support teachers have been working tirelessly all year to ensure that they fulfill the vision and mission of Gwinnett County Public Schools. One way of fulfilling the vision and mission of Gwinnett County Schools involves determining students' readiness for the next grade level. Your child's teacher is in the process of making preliminary placement decisions for the 2021-22 SY and will be contacting you if your child is in danger of being retained. The good news is it's not too late for your child to improve. Please contact your child's teacher today to find out how you can support your child. Click on the link below for GCPS Promotion Criteria.


With Gratitude,

The Leadership Team

To our Asian American students, staff members, and families, on behalf of the Benefield Family, we love you, we acknowledge you, we hear you, and we stand in solidarity with you.
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Georgia Milestones Testing Interest Survey For Digital Learners

If your child is a digital learner, please complete this form regarding Georgia Milestones Testing:


https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=-VzmfS4_Z06kaZZbDQhfu1U-9XhsjZNAkpUeRlXm0JZUQ1hKVU00NUpSQUxVUFhXSFg4RVlSUEIxSy4u

Calendar of Events


  • March 25 - 3-5 GMAS Parent Night, 6 p.m.
  • March 27- Saturday Intervention, 9:00 a.m. - Invitation Only
  • March 29-April 2-- Book Fair
  • April 5-9 - Spring Break

Turn Your Photos Into Gifts!

Now is the perfect time to turn you child's school photo or other photos of your choice into memorable gifts for family and friends. Be sure to visit Benefield's Shutterfly Storefront to place your order today!


Click here to order: http://benefieldes.shutterflystorefront.com/

Lost and Damaged Chromebooks

Please supervise your children as they use school issued technology to support their learning. Parents will be responsible for reimbursement to the school for damage to school property. This includes lost or damaged books or technology equipment such as Chromebooks.

Do you need help preparing for GMAS?

The Parent Center is open for parental support and will provide you with parent GMAS resources? Please feel free to contact the Parent Center at 678-518-6981 or email xandria.mcbride@gcpsk12.org to schedule a Zoom session.

March Book Madness

It's that time of year again for March Book Madness. We will be reading eight books and then voting on our favorites in a bracket style competition. Our titles this year include:



  • We are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom
  • I am Enough by Grace Byers
  • Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o
  • Lift by Minh Le
  • Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away by Meg Medina
  • Your Name is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
  • Your Place in The Universe by Jason Chin
  • You Matter by Christian Robinson



The first round of voting will begin March 15, 2021.

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The last day to purchase Spirit Wear for this school year is March 31, 2021. All purchases should be made through MyPaymentsPlus.
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Things to Do At Home With Your Children

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Add to your child's mental math skills

Here's a way to help your child practice doing addition and subtraction in her head. Start by giving her four single-digit numbers to add together. Pause after you say each number to give her enough time to add. When she can do that, give her four double-digit numbers, also spaced out one at a time. Next, give four numbers all at once. When she's a pro, you can move on to giving her five, six or more numbers.


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Share smart moves for before, during, and after tests

The things your child does before, during, and after tests can improve his academic achievement. Before the test, have him review often for short periods of time when he's most alert. During the test, he should read the directions carefully and save time to check his work. When he gets the test back, help him look beyond the grade and notice his strengths and weaknesses. Save the test for future studying.


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Do you need help with reading to your child?

Benefield teachers have created a collection of videos to help families get the most out of reading to their young children.

These videos are available on the Benefield eClass homepage.

Biblionasium

Benefield now has access to Biblionasium, an online platform that allows students to build a bookshelf of favorite books and log their reading. Click here for more information on how to access Biblionasium through the media catalog.

Gwinnett Grows

Are you looking for a FREE program to work with your child aged birth - 5 years old? Come join Play 2 Learn and experience childhood developmental appropriate practices. Please feel free to email xandria.mcbride@gcpsk12.org for more information. The following link can provide an overview of the program.


http://publish.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/gcps/home/gcpstv/videos/news/focus/343462269

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Titan Water Bottle Sales

Show your school spirit by purchasing your Benefield Titan water bottle! 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's PBIS program.

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.

Titan Book Fair

The Book Fair is coming to Benefield March 29-April 2! Scholastic and Benefield have many safety features in place including, limiting the number of students in the fair, using eWallet, and sanitizing stations. In order to limit the number of students in the fair, teachers will be signing up for shopping dates and times for their classes.


In order to limit cash transactions, Scholastic is offering eWallet. eWallet is a digital payment option that allows families to add funds to a digital account that can be used at the Book Fair. Visit our book fair homepage to get started. We will also be accepting checks made out to Benefield Elementary, credit cards, and cash. Be sure to include sales tax in your purchase price. In Gwinnett County, we pay 6% sales tax. For example, if your student would like to buy a book that costs 5.99, you would place $6.35 on their eWallet account to include sales tax. Click here to learn more about eWallet and view a tax calculator.


At this time, parents are not able to shop with their children at school. However, we are offering an online fair option for those who are unable to visit the fair in person. Click here to visit our online fair. All orders from the online fair will be shipped directly to your home.


Thank you for your support of the Book Fair! We use our funds to support our reading promotion program, author visits, and book giveaways. Today a reader, tomorrow a leader!

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.

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Benefield Elementary School

Shonda Stevens, Principal

Heather Tack, Assistant Principal

Melanie Singleton, Assistant Principal

Kelli O'Loughlin, Assistant Principal

Michelle Vendryes, Assistant Principal