• Bel Air eNews

    Bel Air Weekly Update

    September 3-7, 2018



    Monday, September 3: NO SCHOOL, Labor Day
    Tuesday, September 4: First Day of School
    NEW START TIME - 8:35 AM
    Wednesday, September 5:

    Thursday, September 6:

    3:45-7:45 pm - ILP Meetings 


    Friday, September 7:

    9:00 am - School Assembly 


    Future Events

    Sept. 11 - APEX Student Pep Rally - 2:15 pm
    Sept. 14 - School Pictures - 8:45 am - 3:00 pm 
    Sept. 20 - APEX Fun Run - Times TBD
    Sept. 24-28 - 5th Gr - Laurentian Trip

    Hello Bel Air Families,

    It was fun to see everyone at our Meet Your Teacher Open House on Wednesday.  We hope you enjoy the last few days of summer and are ready to begin the new school year bright and early on Tuesday, September 4.  Just a reminder, our start time is ten minutes earlier this year. So official school hours are 8:35 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.  The first bell will ring at 8:20 a.m. for all students to enter the building.  Buses will continue to drop off at the front of the school, and carpool students should be dropped of at the back of the building.  Breakfast will be available to students beginning at 8:15 a.m. until 8:35 a.m.

    We have been busy registering many new students and hiring new staff for this school year.   Please join me in welcoming new students and staff to the Bel Air Community.  Below is a list of our new staff:

    Katie Hoffman - Associate Principal

    Cassie Torbenson - 1st grade

    Corin Koboske - 1st grade

    Becky Allard - 3rd grade

    Erica Larson - 3rd grade

    Kate Kremer - Music specialist

    Megan Hambleton - .2 PE - 1st grade

    Ellie Menso - .2 Science specialist - 1st grade

    Andrea Lahti - Special Education

    Kari Harris  - Special Education

    Emily O’Brien - Special Education

    Allie Olson - .5 School Psychologist

    Jennifer Brown - Paraprofessional

    Bel Air Elementary School and Playworks TeamUp

    We are excited to announce all Mounds View Elementary Schools will be working with Playworks to make recess a fun, inclusive place for every student in our community to play every day.  In the TeamUp model, a Playworks site coordinator will spend a week each month at our school leading, supporting, and training our recess team—including a lead recess coach—to create a safe, inclusive playground for all students. We’ll learn the latest techniques used to positively transform our school environment—from the playground to the classroom.

    Playworks helps kids grow as leaders, giving them the social and emotional skills they need to thrive inside and outside of the classroom. At a Playworks school, every student is included regardless of athletic ability, academic skills, or background.

    We are in the process of implementing Playworks for our students and expect to see a big impact on our playground and in our classrooms. You can expect to hear more as the year progresses.

    As always, we appreciate parent volunteers, and we have multiple volunteer opportunities for parents to help make our events successful.  Please refer below for specific events.

    We look forward to partnering with you for a successful school year.  Go Tigers!

    Dawn Wiegand,



    Volunteers Needed for Picture Day!!

    Volunteers are needed to help with Picture Day on Friday, September 14.  If you are interested, please contact Becky Fladebo, Bel Air School Office, at 651-621-6302 or rebecca.fladebo@moundsviewschools.org. 

    We will be scheduling a morning shift (8:45-12:15), afternoon shift (12:15-3:00), or if you are available all day - (3-4 people morning & afternoon).

    Volunteers will be given a $35 voucher towards your picture order online and a Shutterfly coupon for a free Picture Book. 

    Let us know as soon as possible - First Come/First Serve!!


    SAVE THE DATE!!   

    The Apex Fun Run is coming! 

    Bel Air Fun Run - Thursday Sept. 20

    Pike Lake Fun Run- Friday Sept. 21 

    The Fun Run is a pledge per lap or flat donation fundraiser. Apex Fun Run combines the power of a strong, kid-centered curriculum with students learning through action. 51% of the donations will come back to Bel Air and Pike Lake. This is the PTA’s one large fundraiser for the year. 

    Volunteers are needed; watch for sign-up information soon!


    Riding the Bus and Food/Drink
    While riding the bus, students are expected to keep all food and drink in their backpacks. This expectation prevents choking incidents, exposure to life-threatening allergens, and promotes bus sanitation.

    Nutrition Service Department

    The Nutrition Service department is hiring for permanent and substitute Nutrition Assistants! Click here to apply online:  https://www.moundsviewschools.org/Page/199



    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 8:05 – 8:35 a.m. and 3:05 – 3:35 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.


    September 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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