Benfield Family Newsletter

November 4, 2022

Greetings Benfield Families!

With the end of the first marking period, we have much to celebrate! Our children are doing a wonderful job and their excitement for learning is visible throughout the building.

Report cards for grades 1-5 will be available to the parents on November 17th through the portal. Special education progress reports and intervention progress reports will be emailed or sent home with students on that day as well. This year, we will be holding parent teacher conferences on November 21st and 22nd. Teachers will be meeting with all parents during this time. We are looking forward to having this time to meet with our Benfield families!

Sue Myers



School Phone: (410) 222 – 6555

Google Voice: (302) 404 – 6898

Instagram: benfieldesaacps

Harvest for the Hungry

Benfield Elementary was very successful in collecting food for the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. We collected over 2,400 pounds of food and our amazing facilities chief, Ms. Bernard boxed all the food for us. Thank you to everyone who participated ! Your generosity will make the difference for those in our county who are in need of support.

Top Three Classes

Mrs. Smith (2nd grade) with 299 lbs.

Mrs. Lloyd (2nd grade) with 267 lbs.

Mrs. Krohe (4th grade) with 211 lbs.

Looking Ahead

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School Pictures

There is still time to order school pictures. If you would like to order pictures for the first time or place a reorder from the proof you received, there is still time to do so.

  • follow the instructions on the proof form.
  • Place your order online.
  • All orders will be shipped directly to your home.

Click here to access the order form.

Picture Retake Day - November 14, 2022

Young Author's Contest

Does your child love to write? If so, please take a look at the Young Author's Contest. Please note that all entries must include a Young Author's Contest Cover Sheet.

This is a wonderful opportunity for students to be creative and share their love of writing. The school-based winners will advance to the Anne Arundel County Literacy Chapter to complete with other entries from across the county.

Please note that all entries, along with a cover sheet, must be emailed to no later than Friday, December 2nd.

We hope to have many entries from Benfield students!

Background Checks and Fingerprinting - Updates

What is a parent's expectation of safety for their child while in school or participating in a school event?

Helpful Tips to Remember

  • Any adult (18 or over) with access to students in a school-related event must have a background check.
  • If they have any one-on-one, unsupervised access to students, they must have a fingerprint-supported background check.
  • Large spaces, such as the Media Center, gym, or cafeteria, are considered too large for supervised access. If you have parent volunteers who are sitting one-on-one with a student and the staff member is in the large room with them, it is considered unsupervised and requires the fingerprint-supported background check. One example of this situation is the Chessie Club, run in many Media Centers.
  • All clubs and after-school activities require a staff member as a sponsor, but that staff member does not need to be in the room with them. In that case, the leader of the club needs to have the fingerprint-supported background check and all other volunteers must have the commercial background check (including drama club, band, and athletic volunteers). If the staff member is present, a commercial background check for all volunteers is sufficient.

Please see more examples and information in the chart, Volunteer Background Checks - Who needs them and which kind?. It is also available in our Brightspace PLC for Volunteer Staff Liaisons.

Federal Impact Survey - Don't Forget!


Parents who are active military or who live or work on Federal Property in Maryland should complete the Federal Impact Aid Parent-Student Survey.

You will be asked to verify your home address and identify if it is located on federal property. You will also complete sections identifying if a family member is in the military or works on federally owned property in Maryland. The survey should only take a couple of minutes to complete and, be assured, all data collected is kept completely confidential.

Why Complete This Survey?

Anne Arundel County Public Schools, like many local school districts across the United States, include within our boundaries parcels of land that are owned by the Federal Government or that have been removed from the local tax rolls by the Federal Government. Federal property is exempt from local property taxes. By submitting an application to the Department of Education each January, AACPS receives approximately $2 million to assist in educating our students.

Use this link to complete this year's Federal Impact Aid Survey

Fifth Grade Fundraiser

The fifth grade parent "promotion committee" is holding an online fundraising campaign for Benfield 5th Grade (Class of 2023) at Lynch Creek Farm. Every time you shop online through our group's fundraising page we receive 15% of your qualifying purchase. It really is that easy!

You can support our efforts via our online storefront at OR by heading directly to and entering our Campaign ID #299831 during checkout.

Thank you for your support of Benfield's 5th grade class!

Yearbook Cover Contest for Fifth Grade

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PTO Updates

Thank you to everyone who helped to make the Benfield Bash, "Back to the 90's" a success! It was a great event, and we were so glad to be back in action this year. We're pleased to share that we raised over $'ll have to join the PTO meeting on 11/9 to hear the total!

There are lots of things happening with upcoming PTO events at Benfield right now. We have received an overwhelming response from parents offering to volunteer for the variety of open positions that we have.

Here are some updates on current open volunteer positions:

-Hershey Park Ticket Fundraiser Co-Lead: Looking for 2 parents to help coordinate and run our Hershey Park ticket fundraiser in early spring.

-Ice Cream Social Lead--Filled, Thank you to Carolyn Seugling for chairing this committee!

-5th Grade School Store Liaison-Filled, Thank you to Megan Mathias and Heather McGowan for Chairing this committee.

If you are interested in volunteering your time or would like some more information about joining one of our many committees, please contact:

Bridgette Richburg-
Krissy Archer-

PTO Fundraising Opportunity

Attention all parents & grandparents! Our school has the opportunity to raise money from the comfort of your own home! Please see the flyer below!

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PTO Premier Sponsor for November

Our November Premier Sponsor of the Month is Wright Orthodontics!

At Wright Orthodontics we love to see people smile. It is so rewarding to give children and adults the confidence to share a big happy smile. We know this confidence will positively affect their lives, whether in school, at work, or most important, in their relationships. Let’s face it: People want to be around people who smile.

Call 410-544-0072 to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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PTO Gold Sponsor For November

We would also like to give a big thank you to our November Gold Sponsor, Kim Caldwell of the Boyd Filter Caldwell Peterson Group.
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Support Benfield School and PTO Through Shopping or Donations !


Absent Notification - email and classroom teacher to notify us of your child's absence.

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

Family Newsletter - link to all previous newsletters

Parent Handbook from Student Agenda Book

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

Physical Education Restriction Form