Benefield Elementary Beacon
August 5, 2014
Congratulations on a perfect engagement!
Vision 2016: Cohort 6
Language Arts and Science Vision Staff Development: Cohort 6
Vision participants will engage in learning to support the integration of science in reading and writing workshop. Mini-lessons will be developed, and student work will be shared. During the course, teacher participants will learn strategies for supporting students with complex texts and constructed responses. Teaching grammar through reading and writing will also be emphasized. Teachers who complete Vision Cohort 6 will receive two (2) PLUs, books, and materials.
What: Staff development series on the GCPS Balanced Literacy Framework that integrates Science
When: 9/13, 10/18, 11/15 and 12/13 from 8:30am - 1:30pm
Where: Benefield Elementary
Please contact Josie Perez at 678-301-7010 or Teresa Shuler at 678-301-7036 with questions. Teachers need to register for Vision by August 20 using the PD&E tool in the employee portal.
Social Studies: Integrated Units
The Social Studies Leadership team has created integrated units for the AKS in grades K-5. These can be found on the SOAR web site through the portal under the lesson plan tab. These lessons are designed to enhance the teaching of other content AKS such as math, reading, science, the arts, and physical education through the use of social studies content. The Georgia Council on Economic Education will conduct several workshops for the north Georgia area here at the ISC. Please check their web site www.gcee.org for additional information and registration. The first elementary curriculum meeting will be August 20 at 3:30 p.m. in the Grayson room. Please contact the social studies office should you need assistance.
Classworks' new reading content is now available for grades 1-8. It can be found under the "Instruction" tab and is called "Integrated Reading". This new content includes fiction and non fiction paired passages, note taking capabilities, highlighting, underlining and even dictionary access.
Curriculum Night: Tuesday, August 26th
Daily School Opening & Closing
Student Address Verifications & Homeroom Lists
On Friday, all student verification forms (green and/or salmon) with any notations or updates will be picked up by our grade level helper no later than 10:00 AM. Please use your green folder from Meet Your Teacher to turn in verification forms.
In your boxes Friday morning, you will have an updated homeroom roster. Please use this roster Friday to verify the students in your classroom. This does not take the place of taking attendance in gradebook.
Please cross out any child who is not in your class and write in the name of any child who is in your class, but not on the roster. You will turn this homeroom list in with your student verification forms. Please paper clip your roster to the top of your green folder.
Please take a moment to complete this survey in regards to the implementation of eClass at Benefield. This is a GCPS developed survey that will help us plan our support services. Thank you in advance!
Below is a the link to the survey.
The microphone is located in the black box under the sound system. Please feel free to use the microphone to reinforce our procedures. The door to the sound system must remain open during operation.
If the music is not playing while you are in the cafe, please reset the music.
Students need to know their student ID or teachers can bring the student bar codes for scanning.
Please help support Nancy by having your students recylce plastics and cans. Please remind your students not to put food or liquid in the recycling containers. The containers are located next to the tray return door.
Thank you Nancy for helping us go green!
YMCA: meets every day after school in our cafe/gym until 6:30 PM. On early release days, the YMCA offers extended hours to our students who are enrolled.
We will continue to have students enrolling, so we will need to make sure they have orange daycare tags. Registration forms must be delivered to the YMCA on Sugarloaf Parkway by the parent. We do not enroll students. Ms. Linda Lowry, kinder parapro, is a site director and Mrs. Ivonne McNally, Title III POL, are both able to support parents in this process.
HR Compliance Training 2014
If you want to confirm it is on your transcript, you can navigate to your staff development log in the PD&E tool. If you have any question, Joanne Schlenker or I can assist you.
GTES (Gwinnett Teacher Effectiveness System)
Counselors, PISC, SLPs, Media Specialist, LSTC, etc will need to complete the Educator Effectiveness after July 25th.
If you would like an individual pre-conference, please notify your grade level leadership team member. We will gladly schedule a time for us to meet.
Please mark off electronically as you complete each required step: orientation, self-assessment, and pre-conference. You need a green check on each step and a green check on planning phase to be complete.
Local School Council
Is your calendar linked to Benefield's school calendar?
Please let your ILT member know if you are still experiencing difficulty. It is the expectation that everyone is able to see the calendar and use the calendar to stay informed of upcoming events at Benefield.
All events, field trips, rehearsals, etc. need to be recorded on our school calendar. Please submit a calendar request to Mrs. Torres. Mrs. Torres can provide you the calendar request form.
Upcoming Events & Deadlines
Tuesday, 8/12: Student Count DayFriday, 8/15: Summer Reading & Math Logs submitted in communities; GTES planning phase completed
Monday, 8/18: SPG Week for Grades 1-3 (Reading & Math: Grades 2 & 4 in Special Areas; ILT meeting 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Tuesday, 8/19: Student Count Day
Thursday, 8/21: BOY Writing Prompt
Friday, 8/22: BOY Exemplar
Tuesday, 8/26: Student Count Day & Curriculum Night K-5 (5:30 - 8:00 PM)
Thursday, 8/28: Chik Fil A Spirit Night (5-8 PM)
Tuesday, 9/2: Emergency Sub Plans Due
Friday, 9/5: Reading Levels & CAP due