Titans United: Shining Through it All

Greetings Parents-

Things have been remarkably busy around Benefield from teaching and learning to testing. We have even had our new Superintendent/CEO, Dr. Calvin Watts, visit Benefield as part of his Look, Listen, & Learn tour. Dr. Watts visited classrooms and was able to see all the magnificent work our students and staff are doing.

Next week students in grades 1, 2 & 5 will be taking CogAT. CogAT is a standardized test designed to measure learned reasoning and problem-solving skills in three different areas: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal. If your child is testing, please make sure they get a good night's sleep and arrive at school on time during the testing window.

Progress reports will be sent home with students tomorrow. This report will summarize your child's progress during the first 6 weeks (about 1 and a half months) of school. If your child is struggling, please reach out to our Parent Center for support. Mrs. McBride and Mrs. Morales both stand ready and willing to assist you.

Thank you for your continued support of our students, teachers, and school. It continues to be an honor and privilege to serve as the principal of such an exemplary and student-centered learning community.

Honored to serve as your principal,

Mrs. Shonda Gipson Stevens


Please keep reading for more important information.

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Calendar of Events

September 15-October 15: Hispanic Heritage Month

September 17- Progress Reports go home

September 20 - Fall Picture Day

September 21 - CogAT Testing Begins(Grades 1, 2, and 5)

September 22 - CogAT Testing Begins(Grades 1 and 2)

September 23 - CogAT Testing Begins(Grades 1 and 2)

Benefield Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month!

Benefield is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month! The inspiration for this year's Hispanic Heritage Month is on the book Dancing Hands by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael López. This book is full of beautiful illustrations and is about Teresa Carreño, one of the most famous pianists who, by age nine, performed for President Abraham Lincoln at the White House. You can read it to your class, or you can play the video.

We will provide a handprint for each student. Students will color and write what they love doing with their hands. Some examples include finger painting, pat-a-cake, clapping, adding, rock-paper-scissors, snapping their fingers, reading a book, a sport, baking, playing an instrument, etc. These hands will be on the wall in the lobby and will be supporting this beautiful book!

Teachers, your help is needed for participation! We would love for you all to decorate your classroom doors. This is an excellent opportunity for you and your students to learn fun facts and geography regarding your country. Be creative! Add visuals, quotes, and some fun facts! Please remember not to cover the door window!

Spirit Wear Days @ Benefield!

Fridays are Spirit Wear Days @ Benefield! Please allow your child to participate by purchasing a t-shirt for only $12.00.

Picture Day Is Coming!

Wear your best and smile!!
Fall Picture Day will be on Monday, September 20, 2021.

Digital students will take pictures from 1:15pm - 2:00pm. Students only, please enter through the rear entrance of the gym near car riders.

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Family Engagement Tips for Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 - October 15

-Read a bilingual book from your school library, public library, or on-line

-Learn how to count 1-10 in Spanish

-Try a new recipe for dinner or dessert inspired from a Spanish Speaking Country

-Watch an animated movie in Spanish or bilingual (Spanish and English)

-Try a "paleta" Yum!

-Support a local Hispanic business in your town

-Dance to music in Spanish!

-Play Mexican Lotería or dominoes

-On cooler days have a cup of a delicious "Abuelita" hot chocolate!

-Take a virtual tour of beautiful landmarks of Spanish speaking countries

Dr. Calvin J. Watts' visit to Benefield

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K Community Helper's Parade

Play 2 Learn in Action!

Parent Center

Would you like to volunteer? The Parent Center needs your help. Here are some ways you can volunteer:
  • volunteer to speak in the classroom or at a career day, if you have a field of expertise that you'd like to share
  • offer to help with story time or reading assistance in the school library
  • help to plan and assist with in-school events
  • act as a classroom helper
  • assist with laminating and assisting a classroom teacher in small group preparation.

Please feel free to contact or for more information

Benefield Elementary School

Shonda Gipson Stevens, Principal

Heather Tack, Assistant Principal

Kelli O'Loughlin, Assistant Principal

Michelle Vendryes, Assistant Principal