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    Bel Air Weekly Update

    Week of October 24-28, 2016 


    Monday, October 24:


    5:30-7:30 pm - Becoming a Love & Logic Parent Class - IMC 

    Tuesday, October 25:


    9:00 am - 3:00 pm - Vision & Hearing Screening 
    3:30-4:45 pm - 4th Gr - Math Club - Rm 204

    3:30-4:45 pm - 5th Gr - Math Club - Rm 211, 223 

    4:00-8:00 pm - Communication Night 


    Wednesday, October 26:


    9:00 am - 12:00 pm - Vision & Hearing Screening
    11:00 am - Reading Buddies Informational Meeting - Rm 122 
    3:30-4:45 pm - 4th Gr - Math Club - Rm 204

    3:30-4:45 pm - 5th Gr - Math Club - Rm 211, 223 


    Thursday, October 27:


    3:30-4:45 - Mentoring 

    Friday, October 28:


    Fancy Lunch
    7:45-8:30 am - Student Council Meeting - Rm 209 


    Future events

    Oct. 31                           1st Gr - Fall Party - 10:00-11:15 am        
    Oct. 31                     5th Gr - Bowling Trip - Flahertys - 1:00-3:00 pm 
    Oct. 31                     2nd Gr - Fall Pumpkin Party - 2:00-3:00 pm
    Oct. 31                     4th Gr - Fall Party - 2:00-3:00 pm
    Oct. 31                            3rd Gr - Fall Party - 2:20-3:00 pm

    Nov. 2                       3rd Gr - Dodge Nature Ctr - 9:00-11:45 am & 12:00-2:40 pm

    Nov. 3                       Communication Morning - 7:30-8:15 am
    Nov. 3                       Communication Night - 4:00-7:00 pm

    Nov. 4                       NO SCHOOL - Teacher Workday

    Nov. 7-10                 Book Fair - IMC - 8:30 am - 7:30 pm

    Nov. 10                     Communication Night - 4:00-7:00 pm

    Nov. 11                     Student Council Mtg - Rm 209 - 7:45-8:30 am
    Nov. 17                     2nd Gr - MN History Center  - 9:30 am - 2:30 pm 
    Nov. 21-26                NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

    Drive Slow    Reminder - The speed limit in the school drives is 10 mph.  Please use caution when dropping off and picking up your student.




    Volunteers are still needed for Bel Air’s Vision and Hearing Screening on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 25 and 26. No experience is necessary and training will be provided. 

    If you are able to help, please use the following Signup Genius link to sign up or email volunteer coordinator Pam Flint at:  pskflint@hotmail.com

    Vision and Hearing Screening Volunteer Signup

    Volunteers:  please be sure to have your background check done with Sue Cameron 651-621-6300  in the office if you have not done one previously. 


    Please make certain your student wears any prescribed glasses or contacts for the screening on Tuesday, October 25, and Wednesday, October 26, 2016.

    Students with vision and hearing deficits are often not aware of their problem, so they do not complain or seek help. Early identification and treatment can prevent or alleviate many of these problems. And learning is easier when students can see and hear clearly!

    The following screenings are scheduled:

    Vision screening will be done for all 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade students, as well as any students referred by teachers, parents, or case managers.

    Hearing screening will be done for all 1st grade students, as well as any students referred by teachers, parents, or case managers.

    Any student will be screened if there is a parent or teacher request, so please contact the school health office 651-621-6304 if you have a concern about your child’s vision or hearing.

     The Licensed School Nurse reviews the screening results and sends home a written referral if further medical evaluation is recommended. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Knutson, Licensed School Nurse, at 651-621-6378.

    Holiday Sharing Coin Drive 

    The Holiday Sharing Coin Drive will begin next week, October 24th-28th.
    Holiday Sharing is a program that provides essential clothing items for Bel Air families.Please help support Bel Air Families during the holidays.

    Student Council will collect the following each day:
    Monday - pennies and nickels
    Tuesday - dimes
    Wednesday - quarters
    Thursday - bills
    Friday- all coins and bills

    Thanks for your help with Holiday Sharing!


    Bel Air Sweatshirts

    If you have any gently used Bel Air sweatshirts, please consider donating back to the school.  Just drop them off in the Bel Air school office for Mark Suggs.   


    Mentoring Volunteers 

    Bel Air is looking for Mentoring Volunteers.  Mentoring is a weekly after-school program held on Thursdays from 3:30-4:45 beginning Oct. 27.  If you are interested in working with and helping Bel Air students, please contact Mark Suggs - 651-621-6324 or mark.suggs@moundsviewschools.org.



     Volunteers are needed for the following role:
    • Selling Merchandise for a 2 to 2.5 hour shift during the fair:
                            Monday, November 7 from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm
                            Tuesday, November 8 from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm
                      Wednesday, November 9 from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm
                      Thursday, November 10 from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm
    Volunteers receive SPECIAL INCENTIVES, including chances to win free books!  Volunteer and automatically be entered in a drawing for a $25 certificate good toward books or merchandise at the fair.  Your name can be entered multiple times, once for each shift you work.
    To volunteer, please contact Diane Glasheen at diane.glasheen@yahoo.com or 651-271-1852.
    Thank you for your support!

    Community Education After School Activities Offered

    This fall, Community Education is offering fun-educational activities for students both after school and on Saturdays.  After school activities include: Have a Ball presented by the Minnesota Children's Museum,Game Coding, Beyond Pokemon Art, and Bel Air 4th & 5th Grade Choir.


    Saturday activities include:  Wacky Witch Art, Advanced Minecrafting, Camp Christmas Art, Reindeer Paint on Canvas & Battlebots: Robotic Builders.  

    For more information and to register visit the Community Education, Youth Programs website at:  www.moundsviewschools.org/communityed


    From the School Nurse -

    Every year parents have questions about avoiding head lice.  According to the CDC, “Head lice can be a nuisance but they have not been shown to spread disease. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice. Head lice are spread most commonly by direct contact with the hair of an infested person. Spread by contact with inanimate objects and personal belongings may occur but is very uncommon.”

    Helpful tips for you to teach your children to help prevent head lice include:

    • Avoid direct head to head contact with others at school, home, sports, playground, slumber parties

    • Always place hats and scarves in coat sleeves, rather than piling them on the shelf above the coats (this prevents both lice and loss)

    • Avoid sharing combs, brushes, hair ornaments, towels, pillows, and sleeping bags

    There have been a few cases identified at Bel Air this year and we appreciate being informed of these cases by the parents. This enables us to partner with you and support your efforts. Please take time to check your child’s head on a regular basis and contact the health office if you do identify head lice.  This can assist us with identification of other cases as well as allowing us to provide you with information regarding treatment and prevention of future lice recurrence.

    Kathy Knutson,

    Licensed School Nurse

    Ralph Reader Operation Joy - Information 


    Ralph Reader Food Shelf Thanksgiving Baskets - Information 


    November Home & School Connection

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    Building Security Procedures

    A visitor screening system helps track visitors and volunteers at each school, providing a safe and monitored environment for students and staff. When parents come to pickup their child(ren), or visitors check in, they will be asked to present a valid state issued ID for entering into the system.
    Phone Numbers/Staff Directory 
    Staff phone numbers and email addresses are available on the Bel Air Website at: http://mounds.schoolwires.net/belairstaff. To reach a teacher via email: firstname.lastname@moundsviewschools.org.  

    Parent Handbook

    The Bel Air Elementary Parent Handbook will be available online on the Bel Air Website.  
    Please contact the Bel Air Office if you would prefer a hard copy.


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