Benefield Parent Newsletter

October 2020

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We are no longer switching students from digital to in-person learning at Benefield. We understand that needs change and that digital learning is not for every student. In those cases students will be permitted to return to in-person learning after the first nine-weeks.


If you have extenuating circumstances and would like for your child to return to in-person learning after the first nine-weeks, you may contact Mrs. Stevens via email at shonda.stevens@gcpsk12.org and/or reach out to your child's grade level AP with the following information:

  • Student name
  • Student number
  • Grade level
  • Teacher

Congratulations Ms. Nelson and Mr. Campbell!!

Ms. Nelson is our Teacher of the Year and Mr. Campbell is our Support Person of the Year.

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We love our custodians!

October 2 was School Custodian Appreciation Day! Thank you to our wonderful custodial staff for keeping our school clean. Together We Shine!!
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Grading Guidance

On Friday, September 25, you should have received your child's progress report via email. This report reflects your child's mastery of the AKS since August. You can visit the Parent Portal to access your child's current grades: https://go2.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/


Please refer to our grading policy for how to best support your child. If you have questions about your child's grades, please reach out to your child's teacher. Please keep reading to find out more about our grading policy.

Digital Learning Tip

Parents, please be mindful that digital learning is school for your students. While assisting your child is welcomed and appreciated, just as you wouldn't sit in their classroom, you're encouraged to allow them to independently engage in their online learning as well.


Be mindful of your student's classmates who may not feel comfortable engaging in a learning environment with adults other than their teachers present.

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As part of Gwinnett County Public Schools’ family engagement initiative, the school district seeks to empower parents with tools that allow them to help their children at home. Our AKS at Home project provides math and language arts resources to support families so that they truly are partners in their children’s learning. This support is available for families to access in the format that fits them and their schedule best. They can attend live virtual meetings, view recorded information at a time that best fits their schedule, or gain tips and suggestions on how to best help their students through tip sheets on a wide variety of topics.


https://publish.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/gcps/myhome/public/parents/content/general-info/aks-at-home/aks-at-home

Fall Break

Fall Break is Thursday, October 8 - Monday, October 12, 2020. Students return on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

Save the Date for Early Release and Parent-Teacher Conferences!

In the month of October, teachers will conduct Parent- Teacher conferences. Early Release conference days are Wednesday Oct. 21 and Thursday Oct 22.


All conferences will be digital. Teachers will be providing a link to parents beginning on October 7 to sign up for conferences.


On Early Release Days, car rider dismissal is at 12:25pm. Bus dismissal will begin promptly at 12:30pm.

Let us provide the sides!

Students who bring lunch from home can still take advantage of our FREE meals at school! They can still receive a FREE fruit, veggie & milk from the cafeteria. It’s a win win!

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Curbside/Resource Pickup

We are combining our curbside pick up for media center books with our teacher materials pick up on Wednesdays from 10am-2pm and 4pm-5pm. In order to pick up library books on Wednesday, students must place their holds in the Media Catalog by Monday at noon. Hold notices will be emailed out on Monday afternoon. If your child's teacher has materials to send home, the teacher will notify you. Please fill out the pick up form (using the link below) by Tuesday at noon to let us know what time you will be arriving to pick up books and/or materials.


Pick Up Form Link: https://forms.gle/ddxfbbtR9vxmeYg38

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Play 2 Learn

Play 2 Learn is off to a great start! We are working on mastering the pencil grasp at our developmental stage. We also are working on letters and patterns. We welcomed 9 students as part of our digital and in-person instruction.


Please feel free to email xandria.mcbride@gcpsk12.org for more information. The following link can provide an overview of the program.


http://publish.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/gcps/home/gcpstv/videos/news/focus/343462269

Gwinnett Grows

Are you looking for a FREE program to work with your child aged birth - 5 years old? Come join Play 2 Learn and experience childhood developmental appropriate practices. Please feel free to email xandria.mcbride@gcpsk12.org for more information. The following link can provide an overview of the program.


http://publish.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/gcps/home/gcpstv/videos/news/focus/343462269

The Parent Center

In collaboration with the Division of Curriculum & Instruction, GCPS’s new districtwide initiative called AKS at Home is now online.


You are an important partner with your child’s teacher, whether your child is learning at home or at school. To help you support your child’s learning, GCPS is launching a new initiative called AKS at Home. With this project, families will learn ways to help their child practice skills they are learning in class as part of the district’s Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum.


The Parent Center is proud to announce the start of Live Zoom sessions to support students with their grade level AKS. Please email Xandria McBride to set up your Zoom session. Information to sign up for conferences will be sent out within the next week. Early Release is scheduled for October 21-22, 2020.


If you can’t make the live sessions, you will have access to a library of recorded sessions and tipsheets, available when you’re available. Find more information on the AKS at Home web page.


https://publish.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/gcps/myhome/public/parents/content/general-info/aks-at-home


The Parent Center is open for parental support. Do you need support with Digital Learning? Please feel free to contact the Parent Center at 678-518-6981 or email xandria.mcbride@gcpsk12.org to schedule a Zoom session. There is a FREE program offered for parents through Tutor.com. The expert tutors at Tutor.com can help you work through a tough homework problem, improve your writing skills, study for a test, review a difficult concept, and so much more!

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Yearbooks

It's that time to preorder your 2020-21 yearbook! Yearbook presales will start next week on MyPayments Plus. The Yearbook presale price until November 1st is $20.00.

Benefield Leadership Team

Benefield Counselors

Updating Student Contact Information on the Parent Portal