Bel Air eNews
  • May 9-13, 2016

    Monday, May 9:  

     4th & 5th Gr Track Starts  

    Tuesday, May 10:  

     9:15 am - 1:30 pm -                4th & 5th Gr Patrol Picnic 

    Wednesday, May 11:


    Thursday, May 12:  


    Friday, May 13:  

    Fancy Lunch
    9:00-11:00 am -                       3rd Gr - Bowling Field trip 

    Future Events

    May 16 -                       5th Gr - U of MN Field trip - 10:30 am - 2:30 pm 
    May 17 -                       Student Council - 7:45-8:30 am - Rm 209
    May 17 -                       PTA Meeting - IMC
    May 18 -                       Bel Air/Valentine Hills 5th Gr Orchestra Tour - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    May 18 -                      4th & 5th Gr Combined Orchestra Concert w/Valentine Hills @ Bethel - 6:30-7:30 pm 
    May 19 -                      Home Track Meet vs. Island Lake - 3:50-6:00 pm 
    May 20 -                      Bel Air Carnival - 5:30-8:00 pm 
    May 24 -                      1st Gr - Gibbs Farm Field trip 
    May 24 -                      West Track Meet @ IDHS - 2:00-5:00 pm
    May 25 -                      5th Gr - Band Tour - 8:30 am-3:00 pm 
    May 25 -                      5th Gr - Band Concert - 2:30-3:00 pm
    May 25 -                      5th Gr - Spring Band Concert @ Bethel University -  7:00-8:00 pm
    May 27 -                      NO SCHOOL - Teacher Workday 

     Chess Attention Chess Fans:
    Congratulations to Max Nelson, Charles Anderson, Vaughn McDonald, & Quinlan Morgan for their recent chess performances.
    Max placed 1st for Bel Air in the District Invitational Tournament and 2nd in the Bel Air In House Tournament.
    Vaughn placed 3rd for Bel Air in the District Invitational 3rd in the Bel Air In House.
    Charles placed 2nd for Bel Air in the District Invitational.
    Quinlan placed 1st in the Bel Air In House.
    What a great first year for the club! Lots of fun. Play chess this summer and we'll see you next fall. 
    Registration will open up in May for the Open Double Bughouse Chess Tournament on Friday, May 13th at Irondale High School.
    Check Out More of the Results & Events at:

    Happy  Open house honors Hoverman

    Superintendent Dan Hoverman will retire in June, after 41 years at Mounds View Public Schools and nine years as Superintendent. The public is invited to attend an open house celebration in honor of his service and accomplishments – and to wish him well.


    Open House:

    Tuesday, May 24, 2016

    3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

    Chippewa Middle School

    5000 Hodgson Road, North Oaks

    Reading Corps  
    Would you love to help children grow their reading skills and succeed in school? If your answer is yes, serve as a tutor with Minnesota Reading Corps at Bel Air Elementary. Whether you want to explore a career in education, re-enter the workforce, or give back to your community, you can be a child’s hero as a tutor. Last year, Minnesota Reading Corps provided direct services to more than 30,000 children in more than 700 sites across the state.
    As a Literacy Tutor, you’ll use research-proven strategies to help elementary students gain the reading skills they need to thrive in school and in life. There are openings for part-time and full-time tutors, and tutors serve most of their hours during the school day.
    Tutors come from many backgrounds and include recent high school and college grads, career changers, stay-at-home parents, and retirees. With extensive training, support from onsite coaches, and evidence-based strategies, Reading Corps tutors are well-equipped to change lives. Tutors may earn a living allowance, education award, and federal student loan forbearance, and will have the chance to make a real difference in the life of a child.
    To learn how you can join the team of Minnesota Reading Corps tutors, visit All tutors must apply at
    Carnival  Bel Air’s Spring Carnival      
    Friday, May 20th

    5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Please sign up to help at the following link:

    Summer Camps The school year is quickly winding down and Summer Break is right around the corner. Keep your children occupied this summer by enrolling them for some Summer Community Education Camps. We offer over 65 fun and educational camps in Art, Science, STEAM/Technology, Music/Theater and Athletics for students entering K - 12 in Fall 2017.
    Register by May 15 and $ave $10 on each activity!
    For complete information and to register visit the Community Education Website at: Click on Community Education and Select Youth Programs Questions? Community Education Office 651-621-7401




    When you begin to make your summer vacation plans, please keep in mind the summer band program offered for students going into 6th grade. For students who are currently playing in 5th grade band, INTRODUCTION TO MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND is a full band rehearsal offered Mondays-Thursdays (beginning on Tuesday, July 5) for five weeks from 12:00-12:45 at Chippewa Middle School and Highview Middle School or 3:30-4:15 at Edgewood Middle School. The program concludes with a concert for parents the evening of the last day. Your school band teacher will be sending home registration forms with band members in April. Forms should be completed and returned to school.


    Starting the summer after 4th or 5th grade your child can begin participating in a curricular activity that continues through 12th grade and into adult life - THE SCHOOL BAND.

    The summer beginning band instruction program consists of a 45-minute small-group lesson, Monday through Thursday, for five weeks starting Tuesday, July 5 through Thursday, August 4. The summer session concludes with a concert for parents the evening of the last day. Instruction will be offered at all district elementary schools during the morning and at Edgewood Middle School in the evening. Students may choose from the following band instruments: Trombone, Baritone, Clarinet, Trumpet, French Horn, Flute, Saxophone, Tuba and Percussion. School instruments are available for students with financial need. If at all possible, STUDENTS WHO WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN BAND IN 5TH GRADE SHOULD START BEGINNING INSTRUCTION THE SUMMER BEFORE. When you begin to make your summer plans, please keep in mind the importance of starting band instruction during our summer program. Your school band teacher will be sending information home with your child in April. Specific information about summer band class times and locations will be available at that time.

     Registration for Beginning Band will take place at any of the six evening Band Displays at which reputable music instrument dealers will also be present to provide instrument rentals for you. You should attend only one of the Band Displays anytime between 5:00 and 6:30 p.m. Band Display dates and locations are: 

    Monday, April 18 at Valentine Hills Elementary School

    Tuesday, April 19 at Turtle Lake Elementary School

    Thursday, April 21 at Sunnyside Elementary School

    Monday, April 25 at Pinewood Elementary School

    Tuesday, April 26 at Island Lake Elementary School

    Thursday, April 28 at Bel Air Elementary School

     Please choose a date convenient for you and mark your calendar for summer band registration!


    There has been a recent outbreak in instrument sales from non-music vendors (department store catalogs, discount membership warehouses, on-line purchases and private party sales). These instruments are often inexpensive and poorly constructed. These instruments generally require frequent repairs that cannot be corrected and we encourage you to stay clear of these options. Reputable music dealers are the best resource for renting or purchasing a band instrument. Please see your school band director if you have questions about purchasing an instrument.

      Orchestra Summer Orchestra is Coming Soon!!!


    To Students in Grade 3:

    Students who have finished grade 3 may learn to play a stringed instrument this summer. 

    Orchestra is great fun and builds skills for a lifetime of enjoying music!

    Save July 5 – August 4 on your family’s calendar.

    Lessons are held Monday through Thursday (4 days per week) for one hour each day in the morning between 7 a.m. and 2PM at Turtle Lake, Island Lake, Valentine Hills, Bel Air, Sunnyside, or Pinewood Schools. 

    Late afternoon/early evening lessons will take place between 3 and 8 p.m. at Chippewa or Irondale Schools.

    Our final concert is scheduled for Wednesday, August 3 at 6:30 PM at Irondale High School. A final celebration is August 4 in the morning at Chippewa.

    Students may register for classes even if summer camp or family vacation occurs during the same time frame.  Make up classes for those who miss an entire week of class will be offered on Mondays at Chippewa.

    Beginners register for lessons, enroll in classes, and arrange to rent a violin, viola, or cello between 5:00 and 6:30 PM on the dates listed below:  

    Orchestra Registration Dates and Locations

    Tuesday, May 10 at Turtle Lake Elementary School

    Thursday, May 12 at Island Lake School

    Monday, May 16 at Irondale High School

    Beginner classes are filled on a first come basis. Students may register at any school. More detailed information about orchestra will be sent home with all third graders in May.

     To Orchestra students currently in Grades 4 and 5:

    Students who are already enrolled in orchestra may obtain a summer registration form for SUMMER STRINGS from their orchestra teacher or download one for the summer website:

    Summer Orchestra dates are July 5 – August 4.  We will have a concert on Wednesday, August 3 and final celebration on August 4.  Lessons are held Monday through Thursday for one hour each day.

    All students in grades 4 and 5 who ARE NOT currently in orchestra are welcome to join summer orchestra.  Please attend one of the orchestra registration dates that are listed above.

    Questions?  Contact the orchestra teacher in your school or 651-621-6676.

    Summer lessons are a great way to keep skills strong and grow leadership in one’s playing.

    Make a great sound - join SUMMER ORCHESTRA!!!


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    Visit the School Board website to watch live meetings via webstream, view archived meeting videos, download meeting agenda and read meeting summaries, visit the School Board page at

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