Benfield Family Newsletter

January 13, 2022

Greetings Benfield Families!

What an interesting start back to school after the winter break. Two snow storms in one week! Even though there is still quite a bit of snow around, we will try to get the students outside this week as long as the temperature is above 32 degrees by recess time. Please be sure your child comes to school with warm clothing, including jackets, hats, and mittens.

Nature Center Refurbishment

The PTO is planning to refurbish supplies in the Nature Center and is looking for gently used kitchen items to use in the outdoor/educational play space. Some of the most favorite items are the kitchen items such as pots, pans, baking sheets, etc. These items are used all the time and have worn over the years. If you have items to donate, there will be a box placed in the foyer for you to drop them off during school hours.

Girls on the Run

Recently, our 3rd-5th grader girls received a flyer inviting them to sign up for Girls on the Run. This is a wonderful program that encourages girls to be healthy through physical activity and engages them in activities to build their self-esteem.

If you are interested in having your 3rd-5th grader participate, click here to access the flyer outlining the details of the program at Benfield. The coaches wanted to make sure that parents saw the information as there will be a lottery tomorrow, January 14th to select the participants.

Upcoming winter Concert

We have rescheduled the winter concert, and it is now planned for February 10th at 6:30 p.m. The music team will reach out about any specific details about the concert as we get closer.

Sue Myers



School Phone: (410) 222 – 6555

Google Voice: (302) 404 – 6898

Instagram: benfieldesaacps

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COVID Resources

The AACPS website has many resources for families. Below are a few key sites to help you navigate through the plethora of information available.

COVID-19 Resources

* an Anne Arundel County Health Department website.

COVID Protocols


AACPS has created several resources for parents and students for using Brightspace. A few links are listed below:

Student Tech Tools

Brightspace for Parents and Guardians

Variety Show

We are excited to have the Variety Show this year and appreciate Mrs. Conklin for volunteering to chair the event. The two documents below outline all the important details, beginning with a mandatory parent meeting on January 18th at 6:30 p.m. This meeting will be held virtually.

Variety Show Flyer

Variety Show Information

Fifth Grade Family Updates


AVID is a course offered at Severna Park Middle School beginning with sixth grade. Click here to learn about what AVID has to offer your child. Applications are due February 25th.

Fifth Grade Baby Pictures

Click here for information on getting your child's baby pictures for the yearbook and bulletin board.

Benfield Elementary PTO

Benfield PTO 2021-2022 Board

President - Marci Flynn

Vice President - Cara O'Brien

Secretary - Jessica Duncan

Fundraising - Beth Karsner and Elizabeth Somerset

Volunteer Coordinators - Krissy Archer, Bridgette Richburg, Martha Satterfield

Membership Toolkit: Click here for membership information.

Support Benfield PTO Through Shopping !

Box Tops for Education

How to earn money for Benfield Elementary:

● Download the App through your mobile device.

● Register for an account either through the App, or through the website Registration is free.

● Shop products that are participating in the Box Tops for Education program, and keep your receipt! (printed or digital)

● Redeem the purchase by scanning your full receipt with the App within 14 days of purchase.

If you have any further questions, please contact Kristen Ramsey at

Amazon Smiles

Register your Amazon account to support the Benfield PTO. Click here for the link.

Benfield Instagram

Be sure to check out our Instagram page. We try to upload pictures of students several times during the week.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram at benfieldesaacps.

AACPS Resources

AACPS School Reopening Plan: This website is updated regularly as information changes. Please check it regularly.

Absent Note

Contact Tracing Protocols:
Important information about contact tracing.

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

iReady Parent Corner - This website provides much information about iReady testing in AACPS

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

Safety Protocols: This links shares the safety protocols in place at schools.

Transportation Bus delay information can be located here.

PTO Sponsor of the Month

We want to give a warm January welcome to our Premier Monthly sponsor...Wright Orthodontics!

A great smile is the accessory that everyone wants! Wright Orthodontics, Severna Parks Best Orthodontist 11 years in a row and a proud Benfield sponsor, can have you smiling sooner than you thought possible. As you plan for 2022 don't forget to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr.Wright. Call 410-544-0072 today!

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