Benefield Elementary Beacon

March 16, 2015

Shamrock Run!

On your mark, get set, run...for shamrocks on March 17 starting before school!

A BIG thank you to our Sunshine Committee for this future fun!


GCPS's Annual Art Display, TAPESTRY, will be on display with Benefield student artworks showcased. The opening reception will be on Tuesday, March 24th 6-7:30pm at the ISC. Works from Benefield and area schools will be on display through Monday, March 30th. Stop by to support our amazing artists!


On Tuesday, March 31st from 6-8pm, Benefield will hold our annual Literacy & Fine Arts Night. In addition to the musical performance, The Jungle Book, various stations will be set up in classrooms on the lower level with activities related to literacy and the arts.

We are in need several teachers from each grade level to help support various stations for this event. Everything will be planned and provided for you-just show up, help supervise and have fun! Volunteers will need to report at 5:45pm and will be finished by 7:15pm. Please contact Wendy McDonald or Leah Mills if you are interested in helping with this event. Jeans passes will be provided for volunteers :)

Gwinnett Digital Learning Conference

Gwinnett Digital Learning Conference - Registration Information

Who: Administrators, Teachers, Media Specialists and LSTCs

What: 5th Annual Gwinnett Digital Learning Conference

When: June 11 from 8:30 - 3:45. Registration begins at 7:30.

Where: ISC

Why: Check out the conference web site at

Registration opens on Tuesday, March 10.

Register in PD&E on the employee portal.

Need assistance? Email GCPS Technology Training or call (678) 301-6609.

Conference registrants will receive Choice Session information on April 1st.

Please share this information with your staff.


The parking lot behind the cafeteria has a limited number of parking spaces. The remaining space is meant to provide delivery trucks and other vehicles a place where they can access the building and exit our campus back to Riverside Parkway. Please make sure you park in a lined parking space behind the cafe or in the faculty parking lot. Thank you for helping us with this need.

This week on In5ive

Check out This Week on In5ive to see Benefield's celebration of Black History Month!

Quarter 3 Report Card Timeline

Quarter 3 Report Card Timeline


Grades must be entered by 12 midnight


Report card verifications emailed to teachers


Teachers submit Good Citizen names by 12 midnight


Teachers meet during planning to verify report cards


LSTC pulls perfect attendance & good citizens & prints certificates


LSTC prints report cards


LSTC runs All A's & A/B honor roll & prints certificates


LSTC pulls all E's and E/S honor roll & prints certificates


Certificates and report cards go home

Gallup Q12 Survey-Please complete when you receive the link

Gwinnett County Public Schools is once again partnering with the Gallup Organization to conduct the Q12 Engagement survey for our teachers and school leaders. The ongoing goal of this partnership is to help you identify areas of strength and growth within your school. The Q12 survey, consisting of 12 questions plus 2 specific for GCPS, will be launched directly to your staff beginning March 16, 2015.

This three-minute survey is taken online via a secure website maintained by Gallup. Gallup collects all the responses, aggregates the data, and compiles a series of reports for GCPS overall and for our schools. GCPS will only receive school level data, which ensures individual employee confidentiality.

Staff are encouraged to participate to ensure accuracy of results. Gallup will send a test email to all GCPS certified staff on March 9th and the link for the survey directly to school employees on March 16th. Your certified teachers and staff are invited to participate in the survey during the two week window of March 16th - March 30th. Gallup will continue to send encouraging email reminders to each staff member until they complete this quick, 14 question, 3 minute survey. You will receive detailed reports about your school in May to help you plan for the 2015-2016 school year.

Spring Math Bee

Our Spring Math Bee will begin the week of March 2nd.

Here are the dates:

Week Three: March 16th – March 20th

Week Four: March 23rd – March 27th

Semi Finals: Monday Morning, March 30th

Finals: Monday Afternoon, March 30th

Staff Development Logs

As you receive notification about completed courses in the PD&E tool, please make sure you complete the surveys.

All classified and certified staff should have 20 staff development hours for the 2014-2015 school year. Please make sure that you are keeping up with your log/transcript in the Portal. Please see your grade level administrator now if you have any questions.

GTES Summative Conferences

All certified staff evaluated on using Gwinnett Teacher Effectiveness System (GTES) should sign up with their leadership team member for their conference. You should receive an email with a link for Sign Up Genius. Your leadership team evaluator is in the process of sharing your summative evaluation. Once you receive this notice, you can log in and read their comments. AA Nakesha Brown's name may appear because she assisted the leadership team.

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

Monday, 3/16: February data for Picture with the Principal due

Tuesday, 3/17: 3:00-4:30 Collaborative Planning

Wednesday, 3/18: Grades Due

Thursday, 3/19: Chick-fil-A Spirit Night; 3rd Grade Field Trip

Friday, 3/20: Hat Day; 3rd Grade Field Trip

Monday, 3/23: GKIDS data pull; 3:15 Peer Leaders

Tuesday, 3/24: Academic Contracts due to APs

Wednesday, 3/25: 8:30 Orientation classes for EL; 3:25 Engineering Club

Thursday, 3/26: Report cards in mailboxes

Friday, 3/27: Report cards go home

Happy Birthday!

Benita Alandu 3/4

Susan DeReimer 3/4

Teresa Santiago 3/4

Elizabeth Drada 3/5

Tara Mangray 3/7

Linda Lowry 3/10

Shenay Williams 3/11

Beth Osborne 3/14

Sebrina Ashimi 3/21

Janith Todd 3/21

Kay Walker 3/21

Laura Johnson 3/29

Julie Gornall 3/30

Glenda Palimore 3/30