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    Bel Air Weekly Update

    April 23-27, 2018


    Monday, April 23:



    Tuesday, April 24:

    1:20-2:15 pm - 2nd Gr Informance - Tiedeman

    2:20-3:15 pm - 1st Gr  Informance - Ralston


    Wednesday, April 25:
    College Wear Day



    Thursday, April 26:



    Friday, April 27:

    7:45-8:30 am - Student Council Mtg - Rm 209



    Future Events

    Apr. 30 - 3rd Gr - Orchestra Recruiting Demonstration - 12:00-12:30 pm
    May 3 - 1st Gr - Gibbs Farm Fieldtrip - 11:30 am-2:30 pm
    May 8 - Patrol Picnic - 9:15 am - 2:00 pm
    May 10 - Bel Air Home Track Meet 
    May 11 - Student Council Mtg - 7:45-8:30 am - Rm 209
    May 11 - Bel Air Carnival - 5:30-8:00 pm
    May 17 - 5th Gr - U of MN Energy & U - 12:15 pm - 2:45 pm
    May 17 - Track meet @ Valentine Hills - 3:30-5:30 pm
    May 18 - 4th Gr - arbor Day Firledtrip - Elscott/Billodeau - 9:30am -12:00 pm
    May 22 - West Track Meet @ IDHS - 1:00-4:00 pm
    May 22 - PTA Meeting - IMC - 6:00-7:00 pm
    May 23 - Band Concert - 9:30-10:00 am
    May 23 - Band Concert @ Bethel University - 6:30-7:30 pm
    May 24 - Student Council - Rm 209 - 7:45-8:30 am
    May 24 - Kindergarten Move Up Day - 9:10-10:10 am
    May 24 - West Track Meet (Make Up Day) - 1:00-4:00 pm
    May 25 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Workday 


    For Families

    This month, our school wide theme is friendship skills. In our morning announcements and school assembly, we’ll be reminding students to invite others to play, play in fair ways, take responsibility for mistakes by making amends, and how to handle name-calling assertively. These skills help students make and keep friends.

    Second Step lessons specifically teach these friendship skills. You will be receiving Home Links describing why friendship skills are important and including fun activities to do with your child to help him or her learn and practice the skills.



    Bel Air Elementary Student Information Survey 

    The survey will be available from April 20 through May 23, 2018.

    April 2018

    Dear Parents,

    Class placements for next school year is an important issue that we address at Bel Air Elementary School. When creating a classroom, a number of factors are considered including teacher/staff/parent input, class size, boy/girl ratio, academic needs, special education needs, and behavior needs. The partnership between a child’s home and school is critical to his/her success and we value your insight and knowledge concerning your child’s educational and personal growth.

    With that in mind, we are providing parents with the opportunity to provide feedback about their child, which will be one of the many factors considered during the placement process. While we cannot accept specific teacher requests, we want to give you the opportunity to share specifics about your child’s needs through a parent questionnaire that will include information about learning styles, likes, and dislikes.

    You will be asked to enter your child’s legal name, grade level, and current teacher.

    If you will have more than one child enrolled at Bel Air Elementary School for the 2018-2019 school year, a separate survey MUST be completed for each student.

    Student Information Form


    Thank you!

    Dawn Wiegand




    Bel Air Carnival

    The Bel Air Carnival is Friday May 11 from 5:30-8pm at Bel Air. Many brand new games and activities this year plus food trucks outside!

    A sign up genius for volunteer opportunities is now available: Carnival Signup



    Parents of incoming 6th grade students,

    Please join us on Tuesday,  April 24th from 6:30-7:30 PM in the Highview Middle School Learning Center for a Highview Parent Meeting.  There will a lot of great new information to share.

    • Meet the new Highview Dean for students with last names O-Z,  Nathan Johnson

    • Get an update on upcoming construction at Highview

    • New course offerings for 2018-2019 school year

    • Learn about next year’s staffing at Highview

    We hope you can join us!  Hawk Pride!



    Support Irondale

    Join Irondale for their "Drive 4 UR School" Fundraising Event on Saturday, April 28, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at New Brighton Ford, 1100 Silver Lake, Rd, New Brighton. Stop by, take a quick test drive, and Ford will donate $20 to the Irondale Booster Club of your choice with no sales pressure. Some of the clubs participating are KnightKrawler Robotics, Marching Band, etc. Drivers must be 18 or older and have a valid license. One test drive per household. The goal is to get 300 test drives to reach $6,000 in donations so share this information with others! Any questions, call Emily at 651-746-5506. A flyer can be found here.



    Play and Learn Preschool, Mounds View Early Childhood and Family Education
    Our school district offers free preschool classes for qualifying families at both Pike lake and Snail Lake.  Children age 3 (by September 1st), can enroll in either the 2 half day or 3 half day program. Children age 4 years (by September 1st), attend 5 mornings or 5 afternoons. Busing and snack are provided, call or email now to receive application forms. Contact Sharon Savard, Play and Learn coordinator, at sharon.savard@moundsviewschools.org or 651.621.7422. Information and forms may be found here: https://www.moundsviewschools.org/Page/6366



    District Art Show - 2018  (Click on link for details)



    Camping Safety and First Aid Class

    Before you know it summer will be here and for many families that means the start of the camping season.  Make sure your entire family is prepared, by registering your students in grades 2 - 5 for the Camping Safety and First Aid (non-certified) after school activity.  
    This ​course is designed for the young camper/wilderness explorer.  Topics covered include water safety, fire safety, safe use of camping tools, what to do if you become lost, as well as basic first aid for injuries.  Students will assemble a small first aid kit as part of the class. 
    ​For more information or to register visit the Community Education website at:
    www.moundsviewschools.org/communityed  Select Youth Programs and School Year Enrichment



    Plan ahead for next fall’s schedule

    In spring 2017, the School Board approved start time changes that go into effect for all schools starting this fall. To download a 2018-19 daily schedule for any school, visit www.moundsviewschools.org/starttimes.



    Orchestra Notes 
    Mark your calendars! Students who are currently enrolled in grades 3-5 have the opportunity to participate in the District 621 Summer Orchestra program. The dates are July 9-August 2, Mondays-Thursdays. Classes are 50 minutes and they are scheduled at various locations across the district, starting as early as 7am or as late as 7pm.  Current 6th and 7th grade students can participate in the Middle School Camp, July 23-27.
    The online registration window now open for students who are currently in grades 4-7. Families can access the online registration form by logging into ParentVue and then clicking on FeePay. The online registration window will close on May 1st.
    Current 3rd grade students or any older beginning orchestra students will register at one of our spring registration nights:
    • Tuesday, May 8 - 5:00-6:30pm, Turtle Lake gymnasium
    • Wednesday, May 9 - 5:00-6:30pm, Island Lake gymnasium
    • Monday, May 15 - 5:00-6:30pm, Irondale High School cafeteria
    Click here to access more details on the District 621 Summer Orchestra website.



    Celebrate Success

    The District's annual Celebrate Success event is slated for April 26 from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. The District Center (4570 Victoria Street N, Shoreview) will host Mounds View Public Schools families, friends and community members for a panel presentation featuring past and present students who are receiving or have received special education services. The panel presentation will focus on post-secondary planning and will include students' experiences in Mounds View schools as well as their plans and aspirations for post-secondary success.




    Community Ed Before/After School Activities
    Before/After School Activities as well as Saturday and Release Day Activities can be found on the EFlyer Page Here.
    Register Early, activities that don't meet their minimum number of students one week prior to the event, will be canceled.  
    You can also use the following linkhttps://www.moundsviewschools.org/youthprograms



    Show your school spirit

    District and school spiritwear is now available online. Click here for Bel Air spiritwear. Other Mounds View Public Schools spiritwear is available here.


    Student Safety:
    In order to ensure the safety of students during arrival and dismissal, we will be closing the lower parking lot from 8:15 – 8:45 a.m. and 3:15 – 3:45 p.m.  ALL students being transported by parents to and from school need to be dropped off/ picked up using the carpool lane in the back of the building.  We appreciate your support in using the carpool lane to ensure the safety of all.


    April Home & School Connection
    (English) (Spanish

    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: Bel Air Staff. To reach a teacher via email: firstname.lastname@moundsviewschools.org.  


    Stay in touch with the happenings at Bel Air School.  Every Friday evening our weekly Bel Air Update is sent via e-mail.  Or it is available by visiting our Bel Air School website.  If you need a hard copy, please contact the school office.

    Find the latest handouts/eFlyers on the Bel Air website here.


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