Benefield Elementary Beacon

March 30, 2015

Dr. Myers & Mrs. Stevens announced In5ive this week!

Thank you Mrs. Keag for a Fabulous Internship!

Thank you Mrs. Dunkers!

We appreciate the service and support provided to our students, teachers, parents, and community during Mrs. Dunkers' term. She stepped in and began helping our students. We will miss seeing Mrs. Dunkers each morning hugging and greeting our students.

Congratulations to the Custodial Team

We would like to congratulate the custodial team on an excellent inspection this past week. The team works every day to ensure we have a beautiful school. Thank you!

GMAS Online & Laptops

Mr. Kasler is working to ensure you have access to your laptops for instruction following each day's of testing. If you elect to use your laptops after testing, it is imperative that you pick up and drop off each day. The computers must be returned to the exact location with the green labels for testing purposes. Our focus is to maintain teaching and learning while administering the GMAS.

Inclement Weather Make Up Day

Certified staff have the opportunity to participate in an eClass Make Up Day instead of returning to the building after Memorial Day. Stay tuned for more information on how you will be able to collaborate, share, and engage in collaborative conversations using our eClass Training Page.

Classified staff have the option working in the front office/records room during the month of June up to 8 hours. We could really use your help in the front office over the summer as we prepare files for transfer. You can work 8 hours instead of taking personal leave. 210 -230 day employees must make up 16 hours and have the same options. All work must be completed prior to June 30, 2015.

If you elect not to participate in this option, then you can take personal leave. I will send the inclement weather form to all classified employees via email. Everyone must complete the form and return to Mrs. Brown no later than noon Friday, April 3, 2015.

Local School Council Teacher Representative Needed

Thank you to Mrs. Nancy Johnson for her service on Benefield's School Council. Her term will expire at the end of this school year. We need to have a nomination period and a voting period. Nominations will open 3/27/15 and close 4/3/15 @ 3:00 PM. Please use this link to submit your name to be placed on the ballot.


GCPS's Annual Art Display, TAPESTRY, will be on display with Benefield student artworks showcased. The opening reception will be on Tuesday, March 24th 6-7:30pm at the ISC. Works from Benefield and area schools will be on display through Monday, March 30th. Stop by to support our amazing artists!


On Tuesday, March 31st from 6-8pm, Benefield will hold our annual Literacy & Fine Arts Night. In addition to the musical performance, The Jungle Book, various stations will be set up in classrooms on the lower level with activities related to literacy and the arts.

We are in need several teachers from each grade level to help support various stations for this event. Everything will be planned and provided for you-just show up, help supervise and have fun! Volunteers will need to report at 5:45pm and will be finished by 7:15pm. Please contact Wendy McDonald or Leah Mills if you are interested in helping with this event. Jeans passes will be provided for volunteers :)

Re-image Laptops

If you are leaving Benefield OR plan to check your laptop in for the summer, then no action is required.

If you are returning to Benefield AND you plan on keeping your laptop for the summer, please use the sign-up below to reserve an appointment with Tracy to have your machine re-imaged. Thank you!

Signup Genius for Laptop Drop Off

Gwinnett Digital Learning Conference

Gwinnett Digital Learning Conference - Registration Information

Who: Administrators, Teachers, Media Specialists and LSTCs

What: 5th Annual Gwinnett Digital Learning Conference

When: June 11 from 8:30 - 3:45. Registration begins at 7:30.

Where: ISC

Why: Check out the conference web site at

Registration opens on Tuesday, March 10.

Register in PD&E on the employee portal.

Need assistance? Email GCPS Technology Training or call (678) 301-6609.

Conference registrants will receive Choice Session information on April 1st.

Please share this information with your staff.

Finals: Spring Math Bee

Monday Afternoon, March 30th

Semi- Finals will be held Monday, March 30th in the Professional Development Room (Stocks/Todd Room).

Schedule for Semi-Finals

10:00 - 10:15 - 1st Grade

10:15 -10:30 - Kindergarten

10:30 - 11:00 - 2nd Grade

12:00 - 12:15 - 3rd Grade

12:15 - 12:30- 4th Grade

12:30 - 12:45 - 5th Grade (Students will be dismissed to go to Specials after competing)

Finals will begin at 2:00 in the Professional Development Room (Stocks/Todd Room).

Teachers will be notified after Semi-finals of students that need to be present for the Finals.

End of Year Procedures

Your ILT member will receive your EOY checklist Monday. Your team will have a meeting to review all the processes and procedures needed to successfully end the school year. This is a time of year where you will have multiple demands and deadlines that require a high level of organization and attention to detail. If you are unsure, ask a member of the leadership team or your ILT member for support. It is better to ask, then to miss a step!

Staff Development Logs

As you receive notification about completed courses in the PD&E tool, please make sure you complete the surveys.

All classified and certified staff should have 20 staff development hours for the 2014-2015 school year. Please make sure that you are keeping up with your log/transcript in the Portal. Please see your grade level administrator now if you have any questions.
2MinWMin Professional Development Log

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

Monday, 3/30: SBA Mock GMAS 3rd - 5th Grade; Spring Math Bee Semifinals and Finals; ILT Meeting @ 3:15 PM

Tuesday, 3/31: e-CLASS visit no jeans; Fine Arts/Literacy Night/Musical, District II Area Board Meeting at Mountain View High School

Wednesday, 4/1:Mentor/Mentee Meeting

Thursday, 4/2: Spring Musical Assembly (see schedule from Ms. Kingston), GMAS practice testing

Friday, 4/3: Individual teacher data sheets in communities due; 5th Grade Hat Day; GMAS practice testing

Week of 4/6 - 4/10: Spring Break

Wednesday, 4/15: 2nd Grade Field Trip

Thursday, 4/16: Kinder Field Trip, 2nd Grade Field Trip, 1st Grade Field Trip

Friday 4/17: Kinder Field Trip, Midterm reports go home; RFL Tacky Socks

Saturday, 4/18: ELT Saturday Program

Happy Birthday!

Laura Johnson 3/29

Julie Gornall 3/30

Glenda Palimore 3/30