Titans United: Shining Through it All

Greetings Parents & Guardians-

It's continues to be a busy time of year at Benefield as we enter the month of October. Fall break will start this Thursday, October 7, 2021 and will run through Monday, October 11, 2021.

Teachers will conduct virtual conferences with parents on October 20 & October 21. Teachers will be providing a link to sign up for conferences starting next week. All parents are encourged a conference with teachers to ensure students are making progress toward end of grade level expectations.

Some other important dates in October are below. Please save these dates:

  • Great Days of Service, Week of October 18-22
  • Red Ribbon Week, Week of October 25
  • Trunk or Treat-- October 28, 2021, 6 p.m.

Thank you for your continued support of our students and staff. 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.

Reminder Attire

Student dress should not cause any distraction from the instructional program. Students are encouraged to dress appropriately for the school setting, suitable to weather conditions, and in good taste. Short skirts, short shorts, or halter tops/crop shirts are not considered appropriate dress for school. Hats, bandanas, and sweatbands should not be worn in school. Students should not wear any clothing that advertises alcoholic beverages, drugs, or violence. Students should wear shoes that allow for safe play during outside time and PE class.

Holes in distressed jeans should be at least two inches from the waist.

Calendar of Events

October 7-11 - Fall Break

October 20 - Parent/Teacher Conferences & Early Release (Digital Learning Day #2)

October 21 - Parent/Teacher Conferences & Early Release

(In-person Learning Day*)

* Car rider dismissal is at 12:25 p.m. Bus dismissal will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m.

October 7-11 - Great Days of Service

October 20 - Red Ribbon Week

October 28- Trunk or Treat, 6 p.m.

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Car Riders

Instruction for our students begins at 8:45 a.m. With the increase in the number of families opting for car rider transportation, we are asking that you arrive with enough time to complete the car rider line.

Please remember:

1. Please have you child ready to exit the car. For example, have their shoes on and bookbag in hand ready to get out after vehicle has stopped.

2. Please do not exit your vehicle. If assistance is needed a member of the staff will support your child.

3. Please be patient and courteous.

4.Car rider doors will close at 8:45 so that our staff can provide instruction.


District Assessments will begin on Wednesday, October 5 at 9 a.m. It is important that your students arrive on time. Additionally, please ensure that your students have headphones labeled with their names

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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

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.

Play 2 Learn in Action!

Titans 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

Volunteer Titan of The Month

We love to recognize Titans of the month! We are pleased to announce that the Parent Center will include Volunteer of The Month! After every session, we will add the names of the Parent Volunteers to an envelope. If you come in twice a week, your chance of being selected doubles!!! We will pull a name at the end of the month. Our Titan Volunteer of The Month will receive a gift card and their picture added to the Parent Smore!

Family Engagement Tips


Get Your Child to Tell You What Happened During School

Talking with your child about school is an effective way to demonstrate its importance. But it can be a challenge to get information out of many children. Instead of just asking, "How was school?" play a game with your child called "My Day, Your Day."

In the evening, let your child ask you a question about your day. After you answer, you get to ask your child a question about his day. This helps him to feel involved—not just interrogated.

Be sure to ask questions that require more than just a simple yes or no answer. Specific questions like "What kind of problems were you working on in math today?" are better than general ones like "How was your day?" They also let you follow up by saying, "Can you show me how to do them?"

When it's your turn to describe your day, set a good example by answering your child’s questions as thoroughly as you want him to answer yours.


Start Talking Now About the Tough Issues

Some experts say that the best time to begin talking to kids about difficult subjects is when they are between the ages of nine and 11. They're old enough to grasp the complexity of an issue. But they're still young enough to listen.

When discussing serious topics with your child, be sure to:

  • Be factual. Avoid speaking only in generalities. Find out the facts, and share them without exaggerating.
  • Explain your position. What is your opinion? Which facts are most important? Why? What do you want your child to know or do?
  • Talk with your child, not to your child. Find out what your child already knows. Listen without interrupting.
  • Set a good example. Make sure your actions support your words.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are volunteer opportunities available with the Gwinnett Days of Service if any students or parents would like to sign up with the Gwinnett Coalition. Please click the link below for more information.

Media Mania

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Benefield Elementary School

Shonda Gipson Stevens, Principal

Heather Tack, Assistant Principal

Kelli O'Loughlin, Assistant Principal

Michelle Vendryes, Assistant Principal