Bel Ayr Elementary School

April 2022 Newsletter

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Dear families

April is Autism Acceptance Month. Autism Nova Scotia is encouraging all of us to promote awareness and acceptance through their social media channels. The link below has more information on how you can get involved.

We are looking forward to hosting the first in-person parent(guardian)/teacher meetings in our school since 2019. An invitation to sign up for these meetings was emailed to all P-6 families on March 29th. If you would like to schedule a meeting with a teacher without using the online scheduler, or if you would prefer a virtual meeting, you are more than welcome to phone our main office line (902-435-8353 Ext. 0). We would ask that you respect the safety of our workplace by wearing a face mask for all in-person meetings.

As the weather warms up we will be looking forward to getting our students outside and engaged in physical activity to help with their concentration and health. Read below about our new outdoor learning space!


Mr. Marsh and Ms. Rossi


  • March 31 - Report cards emailed to families

  • April 1 - Online Out of Area Applications (8 AM)

  • April 6 - Parent(Guardian)/Teacher Interviews (6-8 PM)

  • April 7 - Parent(Guardian)/Teacher Interviews (1-3 PM)

  • April 7 - No School for Students (morning professional development and afternoon Parent (Guardian)/Teacher meetings

  • April 15 - Good Friday - No School

  • April 18 - Easter Monday - No School

  • April 20 - SAC Meeting - 6 pm

  • April 20 - Home and School Meeting - 7 pm

  • May 23 - Victoria Day - No School

  • June 27 - Grade 6 Celebration (rain date is June 28)

  • June 29 - Assessment and Evaluation Day - No School

Health Measures and Rapid Testing

We still have some of our health measures in place until at least April 15th.

All students and staff are required to wear masks while inside our building. Public Health is still recommending that school-aged children and staff complete all of their vaccinations and take rapid tests at least twice per week. Students who are not feeling well at school will be screened for symptoms and sent home after contacting families. If your children aren't feeling well in the morning they should be kept home until symptoms subside and test results remain negative.

2022-23 Registration

Registering for School

Do you have a child who is eligible to start Pre-Primary or Grade Primary this fall? It’s time to register for school!

HRCE begins the registration process in February so that schools are ready to welcome your child in September. You can find everything you need to get started here:

Children who are enrolled in Pre-Primary do not need to re-register for primary unless they intend to register at a different school. Please let us know in the main office.

Please share this information with your friends and neighbours with children who will be 4 or 5 years old by December 31.

To limit non-essential visitors to schools, families are required to register online.

Need help with online registration? Our Parent Navigators are ready to support you!

· Missy Searl: or 902-464-2000 x4362

· Zachary Garcia: or 902-464-2000 x4361

What’s Pre-Primary all about?

Check out our Welcome to Pre-Primary site.

What does Grade Primary look like?
Visit our Welcome to Primary site.

Out of Area Applications

You can visit the link below if you are interested in applying for an Out of Area spot in our school. These are only applications and not guarantees for placement in our school. Waiting lists will be created in chronological order according to the date and time for any application. Out of Area families are responsible for all transportation to and from school in addition to giving up their spaces in home catchment areas.

Breakfast Program Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to help us with our breakfast program. We need help bagging up cereal and organizing our homeroom baskets. Some of this work can be done off site but the bins would need to be organized and delivered between 8:30 and 9:00 am each morning. If this interests you please phone the main office (902-435-8353 ext. 0).

Food Services

We are pleased to announce that "Pizza Thursdays" and milk services have resumed in our school. We are experiencing a supply issue with our milk company this week but expect things to be back to normal by next week. Please account for the possibility of no milk on some days this week when you are packing you child's lunch.

Outdoor Learning Space

Machinery arrived on Friday to prepare for the upcoming construction of a new outdoor learning space near our Infinity Loop. We will be receiving giant picnic tables and benches built within a slightly raised platform. We will also see the installation of a giant whiteboard which will be placed near the platform. Our staff and students are very excited!

Inclement Weather

Click here to view the HRCE's inclement weather procedures.

Community News

  • The Royal City Soccer Club, a registered non-profit community organization, is proud to host their 30th annual popular grassroots summer soccer day camps. The program is designed to promote personal development, team building and of course, FUN! Offering full day and morning sessions to all children aged 5 to 13, the program runs all weeks in July and August. There are camp locations in Halifax and Dartmouth (site details available by clicking here or visiting the LOCATIONS page on our website To register or for more information, visit or call 1-800-427-0536.

Important Reminders

Drop-off Times - Please note that the drop-off time in the morning for preprimary students is 8:50 am. Preprimary staff are not available until this time. The drop-off time for all grade primary to grade 6 students is 8:30 am. Staff will not be on duty until 8:30 am so it is important for students not to be on school grounds or dropped off before this time.

Paper Newsletters - If you wish to receive paper copies of our newsletter please fill out this form or send in a note to your homeroom teacher.

Electronic Devices - Please remind your children that electronic devices such as phones, ipods, ipads, Nintendos, etc are not permitted at school unless a teacher sends home a note to bring them on a particular day for educational purposes. Students who have chrome books or laptops can bring these devices to school for educational purposes with the permission of a classroom teacher. The school will not be responsible for any theft or damages to devices brought from home.

Allergies - Please be reminded that we have students who have life threatening allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, sesame seeds, and eggs (ingestion only). We would ask that you do not send food items in lunch bags containing peanuts, tree nuts and sesame seeds as these can contaminate surfaces.