Benefield Parent Newsletter

Titans United: Shining Through It All

Greetings Benefield Parents & Happy Monday!

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week! Please honor your child's teacher by participating in the fun events we have planned for them below.

It's hard to believe the 2021-22 school year is almost over. We have weathered the storm and have almost finished the course. The end-of-the year is filled with celebration and fun. We invite you to join us on May 23, 2022 and/or May 24, 2022 for our end-of-year parties.

End of Year Awards Ceremonies for students in grades 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th grades will take place on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 . The award's ceremony is by invitation only. The following students will be recognized at the award's ceremony:

  • A-Honor Roll Principal's Honor: All A's
  • A/B Honor Roll: All A's & B's
  • Perfect Attendance: Perfect Attendance all year
  • Citizenship: Titan Kids of Character
  • Most Improved: Most Improved in English/Language Arts, Math, Science, or Social Studies
  • In-Tune Titan - Student Engagement

Our 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at Discovery High School. We encourage students to wear school-appropriate dress pants and a nice shirt or a school-appropriate length dress and no bare shoulders. Heels are discouraged.

A full list of end of year activities are included below so please, keep reading and visit our school website for updates.

Proud to serve you,

Mrs. Stevens

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Upcoming Testing Dates @ Benefield...

May 2 - Georgia Milestones 3rd Grade Math

May 3 - Georgia Milestones 3rd Grade Math

May 4 - Georgia Milestones 5th Grade ELA Section 1

May 6 - Georgia Milestones 5th Grade ELA Section 2

May 9 - Georgia Milestones 4th Grade ELA Section 1

May 10 - Georgia Milestones 4th Grade ELA Section 2

May 11 - Georgia Milestones 4th Grade ELA Section 3

May 12 - Georgia Milestones 5th Grade Science Section 1

May 13 - Georgia Milestones 5th Grade Science Section 2

May 16 - 19 - District Assessments

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Do you have a rising kindergartener?

Please join us for our kindergarten transition parent meeting. You will receive information regarding the kindergarten team and those who support kindergarten. Students will listen to a story and have the opportunity to write and draw!

Join us via Zoom Thursday, May 12, 2022, from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

Grayson Tech's Summer Career Academy

Rising 6th-9th grade GCPS students are invited to spend a week at Grayson Tech!

Join us for an exciting week of fun-filled career exploration!

May 31 - June 3

What time?
Choose the morning session (8:00 - 11:00 a.m.), the afternoon session (12:00 - 3:00 p.m.), or all day (8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

How much does it cost?
Choose one camp session for $75 half-day/all week or choose two camp sessions for $150 all day/all week.
Some programs may require additional fees. See program descriptions below for more information.

When can I register?
Registration begins March 27, 2022 on MyPaymentsPlus.


  • Culinary Arts
  • Cybersecurity
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Information Technology
  • Music Technology
  • Video Production

Click here for more information

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Counselor's Corner

Hi Titan families!

As our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders continue with the Georgia Milestones Assessment System (GMAS), the counselors will continue to keep track of students who are on time and at school each day of testing. The students who have perfect attendance during testing will receive a special treat from the counselors. Please remind your students about this incentive so they can be rewarded after testing! We know all of our Titans will SHINE on GMAS!

You can help your children to do well on GMAS by using these test-taking strategies:

Sleep - Get plenty

Have a positive attitude

Instructions - Listen carefully

No need to stress. Do your best!

Exercise your brain - Study

Family Engagement Tips


Be patient and firm when your child tests limits

All kids need limits, and most of them will test those limits. When your child challenges the rules, stop and listen. Hear your child out. Then respond briefly with your decision: "I understand that your friends watch that show and then do their assignments, but you know our family rule: schoolwork comes first." " When your child does the right thing, offer a positive consequence: "You stuck to your study schedule all week. Let's celebrate with a pizza."


Model the way to good character

When it comes to teaching character and values, your example is the most powerful teacher of all. Ask yourself, "If my child could watch my behavior all day, what lessons would it teach?" Set high standards for your own behavior as well as your child's. Talk with your child often about the values that are important to you. Some families make values a point of family pride. "In our family, we tell the truth."

Book Mobile 5K

Come Book It for the Bus! Join us on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at the ISC for the Book Mobile 5K and Fun Run! All participants 18 and under will receive a book from the Book Mobile on race day. If you are unavailable on May 7, there is also a virtual option. Invite your friends and families! Register at

We are able to provide free books for our students (at very little cost to us) through the Book Mobile program, and this is the main fundraiser for the year. The school with the most participants will win a free visit from Book Mobile! Once you register, look for your name on our “I’m Booking it for the Bus” display in the front lobby.

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Titans in Action!

Benefield Elementary School

Shonda Gipson Stevens, Principal

Heather Tack, Assistant Principal

Kelli O'Loughlin, Assistant Principal

Michelle Vendryes, Assistant Principal