Benfield Family Newsletter
May 13, 2022
Greetings Benfield Families!
We are in the last weeks of school and students are getting excited for summer. When we come back in August, there will be a few changes that are detailed below.
Benfield Start / End Time
Next year doors will open at 7:45 a.m. for arrival with instruction beginning at 8:00 a.m. and dismissal will begin at 2:25 p.m.
For the ECI Half-Day Program, the morning will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 10:35 a.m. The afternoon class will begin at 11:50 a.m. and end at 2:25 p.m.
Mandatory Bus Registration for 2022-2023 School Year
Anne Arundel County Public Schools is implementing a mandatory bus registration process for the upcoming school year. Beginning on May 4, families whose students are eligible for bus transportation, based on the student’s primary address, received an encrypted email from AACPS containing a secure link to the bus registration form for each student who is eligible for bus transportation. Be sure to fill this form out as soon as possible, regardless of whether your student needs transportation or not. Print a copy of the receipt email.
Families will receive a separate form for each child. Forms are student-specific and cannot be forwarded to others. Students whose families do not complete registration forms will not be eligible to ride a school bus for the entire 2022-23 school year even if they reside in the transportation zone.
Please note that prekindergarten and kindergarten students, students who have IEPs that contain transportation accommodations, and students designated as homeless will automatically receive transportation. If you do not have email access or need other assistance in this process, please contact the school.
School Breakfast and Lunch
Over the last two years, breakfast and lunch meals have been free for all students. Beginning next year this will change. Students not eligible for free meals, will be expected to pay $1.50 for breakfast and $2.75 for lunch. We currently serve breakfast to 180-200 students daily, and the number of students getting lunches has doubled. Free access to breakfast and lunch has become a routine for our students, so I wanted you to be aware of the changes.
Unless eligible for a free lunch, students will have to begin paying for breakfast and lunch. Families will have the option to apply for the free lunch program if eligible.
School Phone: (410) 222 – 6555
Google Voice: (302) 404 – 6898
Blue Angels Sign-out Process for Early Dismissal
Traditionally, many students leave for early dismissal on Blue Angels Day. In order to minimize the disruption in the classrooms by continuously calling students out for early dismissal, we have created a form where you can select a time to pick up your child. A staff member will be in the foyer to help expedite the sign-out process. Teachers will be informed as to what time to send children to the foyer for early dismissal.
If you plan to take your child for early dismissal, be sure to complete the form: Google Form for Pickup
We have seen an increase in the number of COVID Cases at Benfield. We are continuing to encourage students to wash their hands, use hand-sanitizer, and socially distance from others.
When a child is sent home from the Healthroom we are required, per the Anne Arundel County Health Department, that the child needs to be out of school for at least 24 hours. The only exception to this is if there is a documented diagnosis (such as allergies) that would cause the symptoms.
More details can be found here: www.aacps.org/covidprotocols, or at the Department of Health (DOH) COVID Health Line at 410-222-7256 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
Field Day Volunteers Needed
The Greatest 'Field Day' on Earth
Please review the available slots and click on the button to sign up. Be sure that your child's class is going to the station before you sign up for that station. This information is listed in the "Available Slot" section.
All volunteers must have completed the background check online. https://onboard.inquiriesscreening.com/gen/inquiries/
Girls on the Run
Thank you to Christy Hines, Heather McPhee, Kim Mitzel, Julia Terhune, and Nicole Zapf
Kindergarten registration has officially opened! Please be sure to share this information with neighbors who have an incoming kindergarten student for the 2022-2023 school year. We will be hosting a Kindergarten Orientation on May 26th at 2:00 p.m. This will be a great opportunity to meet the teachers and visit the kindergarten classrooms. Registration information can be accessed by clicking here.
Bowie Baysox Reading Incentive
Just a reminder that your reading night game is Saturday, May 21st at 6:35 p.m.
Additional tickets for parents/family/friends/other school staff are also on sale now.
Use the link below and enter the promo code “READ5” to receive special ticket pricing. The promo code will only work for General Admission pricing (the same tickets the students will be receiving).
Girl Scout Daisy Troop 4173
Girl Scout Daisy Troop 4173 is accepting new scouts for next year! Troop 4173's scouts are currently kindergarteners who will be rising to first grade next year. Joining the troop is a great way to meet new friends and learn new skills. Next year, the troop will be focused on continuing to learn more about the Girl Scout law and promise by earning Daisy badges, getting more comfortable being outdoors and going on field trips in a troop environment, and learning the skills necessary to participate in our first overnight Girl Scout camp-in! If this sounds like fun for your rising first grader or if you have questions, you can contact Jennifer Sell at email@example.com.
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.
Benny's BBQ and Fun Run
Benny’s BBQ & Fun Run
Registration is Now Open
Benny’s BBQ and Fun Run is back! Tickets are still on sale.
Come join us on Sunday, May 22nd for a fun family day and be sure to get your tickets for the 50/50 drawing.
Check out the PTO website for more details!
Support Benfield School and PTO Through Shopping or Donations !
Register your Amazon account to support the Benfield PTO. Click here for the link.
Planet Aid / Discover Books
Any unwanted clothing, shoes, and books can be dropped off in one of the bins in the car loop.
Box Tops for Education
Register for an account either through the App, or through the website www.boxtopsforeducation.com. Registration is free.
Planet Aid / Discover Books
Box Tops for Education
PTO Sponsor of the Month
The Severna Park Team of Cummings & Co. Realtors
We would like to give a warm Springtime welcome to our May PTO Sponsor of the month....The Severna Park Team of Cummings & Co Realtors!
Last Spring we spoke about the insane seller's market we were in, but somehow things have gotten even crazier this year! Whether you are looking to sell your property for top dollar, or you know someone who needs expert help navigating this difficult buyer's market and gaining access to the limited off-market listings this year, reach out to Eric McPhee or Kevin Lyons of the The Severna Park Team of Cummings & Co Realtors: Your Local Real Estate Experts!
443.261.5817 - firstname.lastname@example.org - SEVERNAPARK.com
AACPS School Reopening Plan: This website is updated regularly as information changes. Please check it regularly.
Brightspace - If you are interested in learning more, please click here: Brightspace for Families.
Contact Tracing Protocols: Important information about contact tracing.
Emergency Form - Please be sure to update and submit your child's emergency form.
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
Safety Protocols: This links shares the safety protocols in place at schools.
Transportation Form Acknowledgement of COVID-19 Risk - any student who rides the bus to school must have this form on file.
Transportation Updates for cancelled/late buses
Virtual Math Support through AACPS Mathematics Department