Benefield Parent Newsletter

December 16, 2020

Greetings Benefield Parents-

On behalf of the Benefield Elementary Faculty & Staff, I would like to extend our warmest wishes this holiday season and once again express gratitude towards you. We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Proud to serve you,

Mrs. Stevens

Important Dates

The board approved an additional day of teacher planning at the beginning of the semester. Students will return on January 7, 2021 instead of January 6. Four asynchronous digital learning days for second semester were also approved:

  • January 26, 2021
  • March 2,2021
  • March 16, 2021
  • April 20, 2021

Bridge the Gap Friday

When?January 8


What can students do during this time?

  • Make-up work/Finish a project
  • Retake tests
  • Asynchronous activities on eCLASS
  • Receive small group or one-on-one support from teachers
  • Imagine Language Learning
  • Imagine Math


Please reach out to your child's teacher if you need assistance. Keep reading to find out what is going on in and around Benefield.

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.

Winter Break Reminder

Winter Break is from December 21, 2020 - January 6, 2021. Students return to school on January 7, 2021. Have a safe holiday and we look forward to seeing our students in the new year!

Media Mania - Blockbuster Readers

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As a way to encourage pleasure reading and bring in an added element of fun, we have chosen Blockbuster Readers as our theme for our reading campaign this year. Each month, we will have a different theme based on a popular children’s movie, and we will highlight books that represent the theme of that movie. Be sure to ask your students about the decorations in the front lobby!

Students will record their reading minutes on their reading logs each day, with a goal of 500 minutes per month. Students who meet their goal for the month will receive a star on their Readers Walk of Fame outside of their classrooms!

Parent Center News

Are you looking for extra resources to help support your child over the winter break? Please reach out to the Parent Center. We can provide you with activities to assist with grade levels standards. The Parent Center is open from 8:45 - 3:45 for your needs. You may email Xandria.McBride@gcpsk12.org or Ana.C.Morales@gcpsk12.org.

Thank you for attending our first Virtual STEM Night! The students were engaged and enjoyed the videos and activities provided by special area teachers.
Purchase your 2020-21 Yearbook before the next price increase. The yearbook price will increase to $30 after winter break. You may purchase your yearbook through MyPayments Plus.

As the holidays approach, we have received calls expressing an interest in dropping off gifts for your child’s teacher. This is a difficult time for many and we appreciate your generosity, kindness and holiday cheer more than you’ll ever know.


Teacher gifts may be dropped off at the school from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for each remaining school day prior to the Winter Break. In the spirit of safety, a cart will be located right outside the main entrance for you to leave your teacher’s gift. Please make sure your gift is clearly labeled with your teacher’s name and grade level. Teachers will collect gifts at the end of each day.


Again thank you and Happy Holidays to all of our Benefield Families!

It's Not Too Late To Order Pictures & Make Up Day

Mark your calendars! Picture retake day is Friday, January 22, 2021.


If you took pictures on December 3, 2020 and still need to place your order, please use the information in the "picture order info" attachment below.


In addition, Benefield has registered for a Shutterfly account. Please use our storefront when placing orders from Shutterfly this holiday season. Our school receives 8% of your purchase if you use the following link:


http://benefieldes.shutterflystorefront.com/

Benefield Titans in Action!