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    Bel Air Weekly Update

    December 10-14, 2018


    Monday, December 10:
    2:30-3:00 pm - School Assembly
    3:25 - 4:25 - Playworks Leadership Training - Rm 218 
    3:30-5:00 pm - Holiday Sharing Sort
    Tuesday, December 11:
    2:15-3:00 pm - 2nd Gr - Reader's Theater - Boss, Ries
    Wednesday, December 12:
    8:30 am - 6:00 pm - Holiday Sharing Pick Up
    2:15-3:00 pm - 2nd Gr - Reader's Theater -Tschida, McGee
    3:25 - 4:25 - Playworks Leadership Training - Rm 218  

    Thursday, December 13:

    9:30-10:00 am - Band & Choir Concert

    2:30-3:00 pm - School Assembly

    3:15-4:00 pm - Mentoring

    6:30-7:00 pm - Band Concert @ Bel Air

    7:00-7:30 pm - 4th & 5th Gr Choir Concert @ Bel Air


    Friday, December 14:  SPIRIT DAY -  Decades Day! (dress like your favorite decade)

    10:10-10:40 am - 4th Gr Informance - Billodeau
    2:15-3:00 pm - 2nd Gr - Reader's Theater - Boss, Ries


    Future Events

    Dec. 17-20 - 4th Gr Informances - 10:10-10:40 am
    Dec. 18 - Winter Orchestra Concert - 9:00-10:00 am
    Dec. 18 - BA/VH Orchestra Concert @ MVHS - 7:00-7:30 pm
    Dec. 20 - 1st Gr - Penguin Party - 1:00-2:00 pm
    Dec. 20 - 5th Gr Program - Gamlan - 2:15-3:00 pm
    Dec. 21 - Spirit Day - PJ Comfy, Cozy Day
    Dec. 21 - 2nd-5th Gr Winter Parties
    Dec. 24-Jan 1 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

    Second Step

    This month, our schoolwide theme is empathy. In our morning announcements and school assembly we’ll be reminding students to have empathy, identify their own and others’ feelings, notice and respect same and different feelings, and show compassion. Compassion involves saying kind words or doing something helpful to show you care how another person feels. When students can identify, understand, and respond in a caring way to how someone else is feeling, it helps create a positive and accepting school climate.

    Second Step lessons specifically teach about empathy. You’ll be receiving Home Links describing why empathy is important and including fun activities to do with your child to help them identify feelings and practice showing empathy and compassion. We hope you find them helpful.

    Please tell your child’s teacher if you have any questions about how you can help your child learn to identify feelings and show empathy and compassion at home.


    Gamelan Residency with Joko Sutrisno

    5th and 4th grade are experiencing an amazing opportunity with a month long residency on the Indonesian gamelan with world renown gamelan musician, performer and teacher Joko Sutrisno. During this month they are learning about the percussion ensemble called the gamelan, the names of the instruments, a speech pattern that fosters a high level of success in learning the music, techniques with the mallets and how to dampen the sound, and culture from Indonesia.

    5th grade will showcase their work with 2 assemblies on December 20th; one for the school and another for parents/family.

    4th grade will showcase their work with informances during their music specialist period the last week of their residency.

    3rd grade will be getting exposure to the gamelan and have 2 class periods with Joko. They will have the opportunity to learn about the ensemble, names of the instruments, techniques with playing, and about the Indonesian culture.


    Holiday Concert: Mounds View High School Orchestras and Choir
    have their joint Annual Holiday Concert together on December 17th (Monday) at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the MVHS Auditorium. All five orchestras (Symphony, Chamber, Varsity, Philharmonic and Concert orchestra) plus Choir perform various Christmas songs. Join us a wonderful holiday event and feel festive. Free admission, but donation is appreciated at the door. 

    Mounds View High School Softball Youth Clinic 

    Join the Mounds View High School Softball coaches and players for the 2nd Annual Youth Softball Clinic for grades 3 through 8. This comprehensive clinic will teach players the skills and drills that the high school coaches are looking for and help prepare players for Spring tryouts! 

    The clinic will be four Saturdays in January, February and March 2019. All players will work on offensive and defensive skills from 1-3 pm each Saturday. Pitchers and catchers will have a dedicated time from 3-4 pm (additional cost). Find details AND register online: www.moundsviewschools.org/mvsoftball

    Questions? Email Booster President, Alyson Whalen: mvhsfastpitch@gmail.com.


    Photo Withhold Form

    Parents may withhold permission to have their student photographed and/or videotaped during school-day classroom activities, learning experiences, and/or media events. Please complete and return this form ONLY if you do NOT wish for Mounds View Public Schools to publish your student's appearance, image or name on any recorded medium. This Publish Opt Out Release is applicable and valid for up to 12 months from the date of signature.

    Photo Opt Out Form



    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.

    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.

    December 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: 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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