Benfield Family Newsletter

October 15, 2021

Greetings Benfield Families!

With the halfway point of the first marking period finished, I wanted to remind you to check the Parent Portal for interim grades. We will not be sending paper interim reports home.

Halloween is coming up and, the classroom teachers will be communicating with the room parents about the events. The morning will begin with a costume parade, so please allow your child to wear their costume to school. Costumes need to be school appropriate, not depicting violence, and be easy to wear during learning.

If you have not completed the AACPS Emergency Form, please click on the link near the end of the newsletter and complete this form. Thank you!

Don't forget to mark your calendar for our first family night at Little Carmine's next Wednesday between 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The flyer is at the end of this newsletter. We hope to see you there!

For students who walk or ride their bike to school, please make sure they do not arrive before 9:15 a.m. We have had an increase in students arriving before 9:00 a.m. and there is no one on staff to supervise them in the morning before 9:15 a.m.

Sue Myers



School Phone: (410) 222 – 6555

Google Voice: (302) 404 – 6898

Instagram: benfieldesaacps

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School Meals


Breakfast is served each morning from 9:15 - 9:25 a.m. for students who would like to eat their morning meal at school. Just like the lunches, the breakfast is free of charge for all children this school year. With breakfast, students grab their breakfast and take it to their classrooms to eat. We do not have children eating in the cafeteria.

We have seen an increase in the number of students, almost 200 students, who are getting breakfast in the morning, so I wanted you to be aware that our cafeteria manager, Mrs. Davis, is able to provide an alternative meal for those with allergies. However, students need to be able to articulate that they are allergic to items on the menu. Mrs. Davis has a menu that children can review and are expected to let her know they cannot eat certain items on the list.

If your child has allergies, I encourage you to talk to them about what items they can and cannot eat. If you would like more information about the menu and alternative items, please contact Mrs. Davis at

Bus Transportation

I am sure you are aware that the county is experiencing many challenges with bus transportation this year due to a lack of drivers. Fortunately, Benfield has not had too many challenges, but we do have late buses from time to time.

Most late buses occur in the afternoon, and we are not always notified. If a bus is late, past 4:10 p.m., our secretaries call the bus company to determine the estimated arrival time. A Connect Ed message is then sent to families impacted by that bus. We notify families as soon as we become aware of a late bus.

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.
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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


Be sure your child has a few extra masks in their book bag in case theirs gets soiled. The following is the AACPS Guidelines for masks:

  • Masks must be worn, with limited exceptions stipulated in the regulation, by anyone inside an AACPS building.

  • Masks must be a solid piece of material without slits, exhalation valves, or punctures. They must cover the nose and mouth, be secured to the head, and fit snugly against the side of the face.

  • Gaiters are not acceptable as face coverings.

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.


You may have heard about the new learning management system being used by AACPS called Brightspace. This system allows us to hold all important information, apps, and tools in one place. Feel free to check out the Brightspace page for more information.

Benfield Elementary PTO

Benfield Elementary School has an active PTO and I would encourage you to join and be part of a great organization focused on supporting our Benfield School community. Click here for membership information.

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

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