Benfield Family Newsletter

December 16, 2022

Greetings Benfield Families!

I would like to extend a huge thank you to our PTO who sponsored a holiday movie, hot chocolate, and popcorn party for our students. In addition, they provided the staff with wonderful treats. None of this would have been able to happen if it was not for the wonderful parents who volunteered their time. Thank you so much! It was a great event!

The School Store has opened for business and is doing well! It is open for ECI-2nd grades on Tuesday and 3rd - 5th grades on Wednesday from 7:40 - 8:00 a.m.

Mark your calendars for Dr. Bedell's Listening Tour on January 5th at Severna Park High School at 6:30 p.m. This will be a great time to meet our superintendent and ask questions.

Sue Myers



School Phone: (410) 222 – 6555

Google Voice: (302) 404 – 6898

Instagram: benfieldesaacps

Looking Ahead

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Gingerbread House Fun with Kindergarten

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Congratulations Girls on the Run

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Artistic Expression Contest (Luminis Health)

The Luminis Health Cultural Diversity Alliance is sponsoring a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration contest. Click here for more information.

PBIS at Benfield

What is PBIS?

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based, tiered framework for supporting students’ behavioral, academic, social, emotional, and mental health. When implemented with fidelity, PBIS improves social emotional competence, academic success, and school climate.

Why do we need a System for Teaching Behavior at Benfield?

  • To provide consistency in school-wide expectations

  • To support social and emotional competency

  • To create a system for monitoring and reducing unwanted behaviors

  • To improve academics

Our school-wide expectations are to be safe, respectful, and responsible.

We give out Pawsitive Paws to students to help…

  • Create regular positive interactions with students

  • Build positive relationships with students

  • Become part of positive school climate

  • Encourage behaviors we want to see more of

How can you support our PBIS goals at home?

Ask your child how they were respectful, responsible, and safe at school regularly.

Use this language (respectful, responsible, safe) at home so that students learn that these are positive “rules” in all environments.

When your child earns a Pawsitive Paw, give them time to share about it. Consider asking your child how they earned it and how they feel about themselves when they are respectful, responsible, and/or safe.

Encourage your child to be respectful, responsible, and safe without needing a reward and even when others aren’t watching.

Benfield PTO Winter Celebration

That's a wrap for the 2022 Benfield Elementary Winter Celebration! It was heartwarming to see all of our students celebrate the season together with big smiles on their faces.

465 Cups of Hot Chocolate + 465 Bags of Popcorn + Homeward Bound Movie + A lot of Holiday Spirit Wear=a magical day for our elementary students.

We wanted to thank the contributions we received from Dr. Ambro & Dr. Chappell, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Chacuterleigh and Donut Shack. You helped make our event special in so many ways.

The PTO also wants to extend a huge thank you to our 70+ parent volunteers. We are very fortunate to have so many parents that volunteered their time to support and help with our event yesterday. We couldn't have done it without all of you!!

In addition, we wanted to specially thank Mrs. Myers, Jen Bernard, Donna Vricella Gina Wortz, Erin DeLeon and many many more Benfield staff members. You contributed and helped in many ways yesterday. You re-arranged schedules, helped organize all our badges, provided needed materials and did whatever it took to make the day run smoothly.

Happy Holidays to all!

With Love,

The Benfield PTO

PTO Updates

The Benfield PTO and Benfield Bash committee wanted to give another thank you and shout out to our 2022 Benfield Bash Sponsors. We greatly appreciate all the support they provided our event this year!

The 5th Grade Graduation Committee would like to thank everyone for purchasing their Lynch Creek wreathes and for supporting the Sizzle Shack fundraiser. They raised close to $500! Please look for more information coming soon regarding future fundraisers.

Spirit wear orders are in! Orders can be picked up this Sunday between 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. outside of Benfield’s front doors. If you cannot make it on Sunday, orders will be sent home from school next week, OR you can email Dana Feldman ( to arrange pickup.

In case you missed the order deadline, we will also have several t-shirt styles for sale at upcoming school events. GO BULLDOGS!

Thank you,

Beth Karsner

Elizabeth Somerset

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WHAT: The Benfield yearbooks are 80-pages with soft covers and are in full color.

WHEN: ORDER NOW! Yearbooks are on sale for $31.00 from December 1st - April 10th. Extra books will NOT be available for purchase in June. The yearbooks will be delivered to your child at school in June.

WHO: We strive to include each child and work year-long collecting beautiful images of our students and staff.

WHERE: All links can be found on PTO web homepage at

YEARBOOK: To purchase your yearbook, you will be re-directed from PTO site to Benfield’s Classic Photo storefront. You WILL need to create a log-in (if you haven’t purchased from Classic Photo previously.)

When ordering, enter only your Student's FULL NAME and Teacher's LAST NAME. Exception: for the two Ms. Smith classrooms, please indicate Smith-2 or Smith-4.

SENTIMENTS Sentiments Order Form will be available in January.

QUESTIONS? Contact Ariana Marshall at

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Support Benfield School and PTO Through Shopping or Donations !


Absent Notification - email and classroom teacher to notify us of your child's absence.

Background Checks and Fingerprinting directions

Emergency Form - Please be sure to update and submit your child's emergency form.

Family Newsletter - link to all previous newsletters

Parent Handbook from Student Agenda Book

Parent Portal: This is an excellent resource for parents as it has information about grades, attendance and more. If you have not signed in yet, be on the lookout for an email on Wednesday with instructions.

Permission to Administer Medication at School Form

Physical Education Restriction Form