Benefield Parent Newsletter

Titans United: Together We Shine

February 22, 2021

Greetings Benefield Parents,

We hope you each took advantage of the one-on-one time with your child's teacher during Parent Teacher Conferences last week. If you did not get a chance to meet with your child's teacher last week, please reach out to them today to (re)schedule a conference.

Promotion criteria for the 2020-21 school year can be accessed by clicking on the 2020-21 GCPS K-5 Promotion Criteria link below or by referring to the image below. Please review the promotion criteria for your child's specific grade level. If your child is at risk of retention, the Parent Center can help. Our Parent Center is available to offer grade-level specific resources to support all of the grade-level standards. If you would like to schedule a Zoom session, please feel free to email Xandria McBride or contact the Parent Center at 678-518-6981.

We will host our first virtual awards recognition ceremony tomorrow, Tuesday, February 23, 2021, for grades PreK-2 and on Thursday, February 25, 2021, for grades 3-5. This is a by invitation only event that will honor students for their scholastic achievement during the first semester of school. Please join us if you receive an invitation!

Honored to be your principal,

Shonda Stevens

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Congrats Science Fair Winners!

1st Place- Umesh Seelal (4th Grade)

2nd Place- Allan Moise (5th Grade)

3rd Place- Ayden Wright (5th Grade)

Congratulations to all of our winners, participants and teachers!

February Calendar of Events

February 22 - Relay For Life Hat Day Pass Sales Begin $1.00

February 22 - $1.00 Donation for Sun Sign With Loved Ones MPP

February 23 - K-2 Award Ceremony, 6 p.m. via Zoom (by invitation only)

February 24 - Curbside Pickup

February 25 - 3-5 Award Ceremony, 6 p.m. via Zoom (by invitation only)

February 26 - Wear Gold (Black Heritage Month)

February 27 - Saturday Intervention, 9:00 a.m.

Week of March 1-6, 2021: Read Across America Week

March 1 - Spring Picture Day

March 2 - Digital Learning Day

March 3 - Curbside Pickup

March 6 - Saturday Intervention, 9:00 a.m.

March 12 - Inclement Weather Makeup Day or School Holiday

March 16 - Digital Learning Day

March 18 - Literacy & Math Night featuring Harry Pottery

March 25 - 3-5 GMAS Parent Night, 6 p.m.

March 27- Saturday Intervention, 9:00 a.m.

Milestones Test Schedule

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Spring Picture Day is March 1

In-Person learners will take pictures in the morning by class. Digital learners please use this link to sign up for a time in the afternoon:

Pre-Order information:


School Name: Benefield Elementary School

Picture Day Date: Monday, March 1

Picture Day ID: EVT7XPK2N

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Things to Do At Home With Your Children


Encourage your child's creative side

Children can sometimes express themselves better through movement or artwork than they can in words. To encourage your child's artistic self-expression, provide a variety of materials for art projects. Give her a place to work where it's OK if she makes a mess. Expose her to creative works by others, too. You can visit an art museum's website, and watch virtual plays, concerts, and dance performances.


No-nag strategies help your child keep track of responsibilities

Nobody likes to be nagged. But kids need to be reminded of their responsibilities once in a while. Here are some no-nag solutions: Teach your child to write tasks on a to-do list in order of importance and cross them off as they are finished. You can also make a job chart that lists responsibilities when they should be done and by whom. Then you can just point to the chart. Or create a "daily reminder box" that family members can check.

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Benefield now has access to Biblionasium, an online platform that allows students to build a bookshelf of favorite books and log their reading. Click here for more information on how to access Biblionasium through the media catalog.

Imagine Math Classroom Contest

February is the month of love – the love of math that is!

We need every student to complete Imagine Math lessons during February. Every Monday in February, we will randomly select five classrooms that average 4+ passed math lessons for the week (Monday-Sunday) and award a $50 e-gift card. Everyone loves gift cards!

The contest is open to all Imagine Math students in PreK-5. Imagine Math classrooms must have 8+ students active each week to enter the contest.

Saturday Intervention for grades 2-5

Saturday Intervention is back in session! Our second session for 2021 will be Saturday, February 27, 2021, from 8:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The purpose of Saturday Intervention is to provide all students with an additional opportunity to complete missing or failing assignments. We are excited to provide this second chance opportunity to all of our learners.

The purpose of Saturday Intervention is to allow another opportunity for our students to complete missing assignments and for a second opportunity for those needing a second chance on graded work.

Please make sure your child brings his/her device. Students will receive their car rider number during drop-off. Students/staff will be masked and in large work, areas to ensure social distancing.

Future dates:

March 6– Intervention, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

March 27–- Saturday Intervention, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

April 17–- Saturday Intervention, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

May 1–Saturday Intervention, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Please email, should you have any questions.

Lost and Damaged Chromebooks

Please supervise your children as they use school issued technology to support their learning. Parents will be responsible for reimbursement to the school for damage to school property. This includes lost or damaged books or technology equipment such as Chromebooks.

Titan Water Bottle Sales

Show your school spirit by purchasing your Benefield Titan water bottle! Water bottles go on sale March 1, 2021 for $5.00 each. Submit your payment online through My Payments Plus. Bring it to school to stay refreshed and hydrated during class. Get yours before they sell out! All proceeds will benefit our school PBIS program.


These are the days you want to remember forever. Purchase your yearbook before it is too late! The yearbooks are on sale now for $30 via

March Book Madness

It's that time of year again for March Book Madness. We will be reading eight books and then voting on our favorites in a bracket style competition. Our titles this year include:

  • We are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom
  • I am Enough by Grace Byers
  • Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o
  • Lift by Minh Le
  • Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away by Meg Medina
  • Your Name is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
  • Your Place in The Universe by Jason Chin
  • You Matter by Christian Robinson

The first round of voting will begin March 15, 2021.

Safety Reminder

In order to continue safety here at Benefield, please help us at home. As students return to the building, please remember to assess your child each morning for wellness.

Safety continues to be our priority. If your child is exhibiting symptoms, please keep them home and notify the teacher via email. It is important to do a wellness assessment each morning before sending your child to school. Check for temperature and symptoms using the checklist below:

□ Fever (100.4° or higher)

□ Headache

□ Sore throat

□ Cough

□ New loss of taste or smell

□ Fatigue

□ Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

□ Congestion or runny nose

□ Muscle or body aches

□ Nausea or vomiting

□ Diarrhea

When an individual has not tested for COVID-19 and is NOT a close contact to a case. Individuals with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will likely have at least 2 symptoms of COVID-19 illness listed above, that cannot be explained by another underlying medical condition or at least 1 of the following: Fever 100.4 or higher, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or new loss of taste or smell.

A suspected case is considered to be a positive case until medical clearance is provided by a health care provider or until they have tested negative.

Black History Month in Action!

Benefield Elementary School

Shonda Stevens, Principal

Heather Tack, Assistant Principal

Melanie Singleton, Assistant Principal

Kelli O'Loughlin, Assistant Principal

Michelle Vendryes, Assistant Principal