Benfield Family Newsletter

December 14, 2021

Greetings Benfield Families!

As we slowly return to normal school operations, we are able to begin to return to some school events involving our families. At the beginning of the school year we were asked to limit any type of distractions to the classroom and school day to allow students and teacher to focus on instruction. Last week our fifth graders learned about ballroom dancing and performed, in person, for their parents. It was a great opportunity for all! Our dance team performed at Severna Park High School and wowed the audience with their dancing. Our recent Book Fair was a great success and I appreciate the parent volunteers who helped.

We will be holding our Winter Concert, in person, on January 13, 2022. We are very excited and the children have been working on learning the music to perform for their families.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact your child's teacher.

It is an amazing feeling to be able to return to some sense of normalcy!

Sue Myers



School Phone: (410) 222 – 6555

Google Voice: (302) 404 – 6898

Instagram: benfieldesaacps

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Job Opportunities at Benfield

Substitute Teachers

We continue to need substitute teachers to work at Benfield. If you are interested in substituting please consider applying through AACPS Careers.

Temporary Support Assistant

We are currently looking to fill a Temporary Support Assistant position to work with our children. A Support Assistant is a temporary (non-benefitted) employee who works up to six hours per day. Click here to apply: Support Assistant

Car Rider Line

When dropping off/picking up in the afternoon, please remember the following to help keep our line moving:

  • Remind your child to be ready to get out (masks, bookbags, lunchboxes, etc).
  • When at the lead, pull all the way forward, with the first car at the stop sign.
  • All cars can unload/load at once from the beginning of the line to the car lined up near the media door. When we can unload/load 10-12 cars at once this helps to keep the flow moving.
  • It is important for students to be independent in getting out of the car. If assistance is needed such as getting unbuckled /buckled, please pull into a parking spot to assist your child and walk them to the sidewalk at the crosswalk.

Bus Transportation

We continue to monitor the transportation website each day for late or cancelled buses. There are times in the afternoon where a late bus is not posted until after dismissal begins, so our communication is often at the last minute. We monitor this website and contact families asap. You can access the website here: Transportation.


By now you have heard of "Brightspace" the new platform adopted by Anne Arundel County. If you are interested in learning more, please click here: Brightspace for Families.

Pokemon or Other Types Trading Cards

Teachers have asked students to not bring their Pokemon or other trading cards to school or on the bus. There have been some problems with trading in class, cards getting ruined, and students getting out of their seats on the bus to trade.

Please be sure to speak to your child and make sure they do not bring these types of cards to school.

ID Reminder

All visitors to Benfield must have an ID to be scanned in Raptor. This applies to when picking up your child early, meeting with a teacher, volunteering, etc.

Benfield Elementary PTO

Benfield PTO 2021-2022 Board

President - Marci Flynn

Vice President - Cara O'Brien

Secretary - Jessica Duncan

Fundraising - Beth Karsner and Elizabeth Somerset

Volunteer Coordinators - Krissy Archer, Bridgette Richburg, Martha Satterfield

Membership Toolkit: Click here for membership information.

Support Benfield PTO Through Shopping !

Box Tops for Education

How to earn money for Benfield Elementary:

● Download the App through your mobile device.

● Register for an account either through the App, or through the website Registration is free.

● Shop products that are participating in the Box Tops for Education program, and keep your receipt! (printed or digital)

● Redeem the purchase by scanning your full receipt with the App within 14 days of purchase.

If you have any further questions, please contact Kristen Ramsey at

Amazon Smiles

Register your Amazon account to support the Benfield PTO. Click here for the link.

Benfield Instagram

Be sure to check out our Instagram page. We try to upload pictures of students several times during the week.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram at benfieldesaacps.

AACPS Resources

AACPS School Reopening Plan: This website is updated regularly as information changes. Please check it regularly.

Contact Tracing Protocols:
Important information about contact tracing.

Safety Protocols: This links shares the safety protocols in place at schools.

Parent Portal: This is an excellent resource for parents as it has information about grades, attendance and more. If you have not signed in yet, be on the lookout for an email on Wednesday with instructions.

Permission to Administer Medication at School Form

Emergency Form - Please be sure to update and submit your child's emergency form.

Absent Note

Transportation Form Acknowledgement of COVID-19 Risk - any student who rides the bus to school must have this form on file.

Video Monitoring System

Benfield Elementary is equipped with a video camera system. It covers selected interior and exterior public portions of the building and grounds. It is not monitored constantly, but it is monitored during emergency situations. During certain events, when the safety or security of students may be in question, authorized personnel from local, state, or federal police or fire emergency units may be given access to view images projected on the camera system

PTO Sponsor of the Month

We want to give a warm December welcome to our Premier Monthly sponsor...Rams Head!!

Rams Head has been family owned and operated since opening in 1989. As a proud sponsor of Special Olympics Maryland since 2008 and hosting frequent fundraising ‘Give Back Nights‘ for community organizations, Rams Head is proud to be a part of the community in which it serves.

They invite you to dine with them in a family friendly atmosphere for Sunday Brunch, lunch 7 days a week, and Kids Eat Free Night every Wednesday starting at 4 pm! Plus, check out to view their full calendar of upcoming shows, including all age matinees, at Rams Head On Stage, recognized as the top music club under 500 seats in the world. For information visit

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