Benefield Parent Newsletter

Titans United: Together We Shine

April 30, 2021

Greetings Benfield Parents and Guardians-


Next 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 that we are gearing up for end-of-year (EOY) activities. Two big events that we have scheduled are our PreK-4 Virtual Awards Night and our 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony. The PreK-4 Virtual Awards Night is scheduled on May 20, 2021 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. We will be honoring students who have earned Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance, and/or who have made significant progress this year.


The 5th Grade Promotion Ceremonies will be held in person on May 24, 2021 and May 25, 2021 at Benefield Elementary School. For safety reasons, we are limiting each 5th grade student to two visitors. Tickets will be sent home on Friday, May 7, 2021 with students who are in-person learners. Tickets for digital students can be picked up May 17-19, 2021. Masks will be required.


Proud to serve you,

Mrs. Stevens

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Calendar of Events

May 7 - Student Library Books are Due

May 13 - Kindergarten Transition Parent Meeting, 7:00 p.m. via Zoom

May 17-21 - Digital Student Device Return window

May 20 - PreK- 4th Grade End of Year Virtual Awards Ceremony, 6:00 p.m.

May 24 & May 25 - 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony

GMAS Testing Dates (April 22-May 21)

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Local School Council Nominations

Nominations For 2021-22 School Year


Nominations: May 5 – 12, 2021

LSC Member Virtual Voting May 14 2021 8:00 - 4:00 PM

To Nominate Please Use the Link Below


https://forms.gle/F7kpkeAmCa5hGgP97

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Students in grades 3-5 are taking the Georgia Milestone Assessment (GMAS). The test administration dates are below. Please make sure your child is in school every day for these important assessments.


Good test-taking tips for parents include a good night’s rest, a healthy breakfast, and coming to school on time. Thank you for your continued support.

Do you need help preparing for GMAS?

The Parent Center is open for parental support and will provide you with parent GMAS resources. Please feel free to contact the Parent Center at 678-518-6981 or email xandria.mcbride@gcpsk12.org to schedule a Zoom session.

Media Center Returns

If you are finished with any library books or literacy sets, please start returning them to the library. Library books checked out by students are due on May 7, 2021.
GMAS Parent Meeting Recording

Click on the GMAS logo to view the recording.

Turn Your Photos Into Gifts!

Now is the perfect time to turn you child's school photo or other photos of your choice into memorable gifts for family and friends. Be sure to visit Benefield's Shutterfly Storefront to place your order today!


Click here to order: http://benefieldes.shutterflystorefront.com/

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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.

Things to Do At Home With Your Children

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K-2


There's value in putting numbers into words

Writing numbers out in word form is a good way for your child to understand the mathematical concept of "place value." Give your child a list of four or five numbers, such as 562, 73, 184, 16 and 43. Have him write them in words: five hundred sixty-two, seventy-three and so on. Talk about how the words go from the highest place value to the lowest. Then give your child the words and ask him to write the numbers.


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3-5


Celebrate May holidays with learning


Memorial Day (May 31) is only one of the holidays you and your child can celebrate with learning this month. Practice kindness to a pet during Be Kind to Animals Week (May 2-8). Write limericks on Limerick Day (May 12). Discuss tolerance, inclusion, and understanding on the International Day of Living Together in Peace (May 16). Read about aviation on the anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's historic flight (May 21).


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Do you need help with reading to your child?

Benefield teachers have created a collection of videos to help families get the most out of reading to their young children.

These videos are available on the Benefield eClass homepage.

Biblionasium

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.

Parent Center Website

Click the link to access the Parent Center and to find information on Live Zoom sessions.

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

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Would you like to purchase a yearbook via personal check?

We are in the final stretch of yearbook sales! Thank you to everyone who has already purchased the 2020-21 yearbook. We are accepting yearbook payment via check for $30. Please make checks payable to Benefield Elementary. Thank you for all of your support!
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Titan Water Bottle Sales

Show your school spirit by purchasing your Benefield Titan water bottle! 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's PBIS program.
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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.

Benefield Book Mobile

https://www.bonfire.com/bookmobile/


Please support the GCPS Book Mobile! | Bonfire

Proceeds from t shirt sales this Spring will go toward putting books in students' hands!. Instead of running a 5K this Spring, we are asking our supporters to purchase...

www.bonfire.com


Adult t-shirts are $26 and youth sizes are $22. You will receive an email with a flyer and order link to share with your staff next week. The Book Mobile 5K may be canceled, but wearing a cool t-shirt continues! Support putting books into kids’ hands!

Benefield Elementary School

Shonda Stevens, Principal

Heather Tack, Assistant Principal

Melanie Singleton, Assistant Principal

Kelli O'Loughlin, Assistant Principal

Michelle Vendryes, Assistant Principal