Benefield Parent Newsletter

January 2020

Spanish Newsletter

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Greetings BES Parents & Guardians-

We are excited to begin the second semester of the school year and look forward to all the great things your students will do here at Benefield.

It continues to be an honor and a privilege to serve as the principal of such an exemplary and student-centered learning community.

Proud to be your principal,

Mrs. Stevens


Thank you for taking the time to provide helpful feedback via the Parent Perception Surveys. Please return all surveys even if you were not able to complete the survey. You may complete the RBES Perception Surveys via the Parent Portal. Your feedback is valued and greatly appreciated.



January 12: Report Cards go home

January 20: Martin Luther King Holiday (No School)

January 24: Honors Breakfast (invitation only)


Feb 3: World Read Aloud Day

February 6: Harry Potter Night

Feb 11 - 13: Valentine Luncheon

Feb 17: President's Day (No School)

February 19 - 20: Early Release & Parent Teacher Conferences

Feb. 26: Picture Day

Early Release Days & Parent/Teacher Conferences

Please mark your calendars for the week of February 17 - 21 for our two Early Release days (February 19-20) and Parent-Teacher Conferences. If you would like to schedule interpretation services early for Parent-Teacher Conferences, please contact the Parent Center. Also, the yearbook is in the process of production. Please make sure that you have a My Payments Plus account to sign off on all 2019-2020 school documents and acknowledge the handbook.

Digital Learning Days

Gwinnett County Public Schools’ (GCPS) 2019-20 school calendar includes two make up days to address school days missed due to inclement weather. In addition to these days, GCPS also has the option of using Digital Learning Days to make up days missed due to inclement weather. Should a decision be made to cancel school, students, parents, and staff will be notified of the closing and if the day is a Digital Learning Day. Use the following link to read more:

Relay For Life Events

Pet Rock Sales: January 13 - 17. Cost $1 and student may purchase during arrival at school.

-Relay For Life T-shirt orders are due by January 17th. You may purchase a shirt online at or sending in check or cash with your order form.

Students and staff can make donations to our Relay For Life team and get their name on our Relay For Life bulletin board online at

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The flu season has begun and Georgia is experiencing higher levels of flu than anticipated for this time of year. Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend an annual flu vaccine as the first and best way to protect against influenza. And, although the flu shot can't prevent every case of flu, it can protect you from more severe illness. It’s not too late to get a flu shot; so consider getting a shot for yourself and your family members, especially those with asthma and other chronic illnesses. Health officials encourage families to take precautions to limit the spread of illness, including washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home and keeping ill children home when flu-like and other cold symptoms appear.

If your child has flu-like symptoms, please contact your physician or health clinic for recommendations. The flu may last 7-10 days. If your child has a fever, they must be kept home. They must be fever-free for 24 hours without medication prior to returning to school. Please refer to this Healthy Habits link for tips on flu prevention. If you have questions about the flu or flu prevention, you may also contact the Gwinnett County Health Department at 770-339-4260.

We appreciate your efforts in helping us keep our students and staff well and healthy!


Thank you for all you do to support Benefield Elementary. The clinic would appreciate any of the following items:

Clinic Wish List

3 oz cups

2 boxes sandwich/snack size zip lock bags

2 boxes of Band Aids (Latex Free)

2 Boxes of Tissues

1 Saline Eye Wash

Scent Free Baby Wipes

Cotton Balls

***Donation of New Undergarments

for Boys & Girls***

K – 2 grades

In the case of inclement weather, tune in to WSB Channel 2 for the latest updates on weather and school closings.

At Benefield we believe all students can learn at high levels when the right strategies are put in place.