Bel Air News

An e-newsletter from Bel Air Elementary School

March 10, 2023

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March 13-17th

Monday, March 13th - Friday, March 17th


2022-2023 School Year Calendar

Looking ahead

Monday, March 20th

- School in session

- Adventures in 3D printing - 3:20-4:20pm

- Spanish - 3:20-4:20pm

- Science Fair Set-Up - 3:00-7:00pm

Tuesday, March 21st

- School in session

- Chess Club - 7:40-8:20am

- Bel Air 4th & 5th Grade Choir - 3:30-4:30pm

- Bel Air Science Fair - 5:30-7:30pm - Bel Air Gym

Wednesday, March 22nd

- School in session

- Spanish - 3:20-4:20pm

- Jr. STEM - 3:20-4:20pm

- Science Olympiad practice - 3:15-4:30pm

Thursday, March 23rd

- School in session

- Mega Mess Making Art - 3:20-4:20pm

Friday, March 24th

- School in session

Yearbook sales ending soon

Sale ends March 31st and the deadline is fast approaching.

Again this year there will be no extra yearbooks for sale - if your student wants a yearbook you will need to order one before the March 31st deadline

School ID #1502323

Science Fair Volunteers Needed

Approximately 25 volunteers are needed for the Science Fair on March 21st for project check-in, project discussion (time to chat with a student about their project) and simple science demonstrations (all materials will be provided along with training). Please sign-up here:

All volunteers will need a background check on-file before the Science Fair If you have not completed one for the 2022-2023 school year, please download the file here:, and bring it to the Belair office along with your ID at least a week before the fair.

The Science Fair is Coming!

Explore Science! 2023 Bel Air Science Fair

Bel Air's annual Science Fair is on Tuesday, March 21st. The Science Fair is a one-day event where a student or team can display a project about an area of science or experiment, and discuss their project with a volunteer. Students will get a chance to view projects during the day. Family and friends are invited to visit the Science Fair Open House from 5:30PM – 7:00PM on Tuesday, March 21st.

Community Education Summer EXPO event

Don't miss out! Join us at our Summer Community Expo to learn about Youth, Adult & Family classes, activities, summer camps and services offered by local organizations and businesses. This family-friendly event will include entertainment, activities, food trucks and more! The best part is... registration is FREE! Register at

Ralph Reeder Food Shelf Closed March 16th & 17th

The Ralph Reeder Food Shelf will be closed on Thursday, March 16th and Friday, 17th. If you need extra food during Spring Break please 651-621-6280 to make an appointment or fill out the appointment form below.

Thank you for a successful book fair!

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Mounds View Summer Band

July 10- August 3 (Mondays through Thursdays)

Early Bird Registration ends May 26th

Current band students may participate in the INTRODUCTION TO MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND. Click here to view the different times and locations and complete the online registration.

Current 4th graders have the opportunity to learn a band instrument in the SUMMER BEGINNING BAND PROGRAM. Small-group lessons for each instrument are offered at various schools and times during the morning and evening. Click here to view your options and complete the online registration. Click here for information on instrument rentals.

Click here for more information about Summer Band. Questions? Contact Mrs. Sorem at or 651-621-7763.

Summer Orchestra Information for Current 3rd thru 5th Grade Families

DO YOU HAVE A 3RD OR 4TH GRADER WHO PLANS TO JOIN ORCHESTRA NEXT YEAR? Then sign up to start orchestra this summer! Registration for beginning summer classes in NOW OPEN!

Being in Orchestra is super fun, but don’t take our word for it - listen to these middle and high school students tell you why to join orchestra!

For more information for first year players, click here. To register for classes, click here.


Summer Orchestra Registration is NOW OPEN for current 4th and 5th graders with experience.

Current Grade 4 students - click HERE to register for classes, click HERE for more information.

Current Grade 5 students - click HERE to register for classes, click HERE for more information.

If you have any questions about Orchestra,

contact Anna Koopman- Bel Air Orchestra Director

or Juli Vig - Summer Orchestra Coordinator.

5 facts to know about . . .

Transportation and Mounds View Public Schools

1. We contract transportation services with six different bus companies.

2. Bus drivers are not Mounds View Public Schools employees.

3. Like all bus companies, our transportation providers are experiencing a shortage of

drivers. We are working collaboratively with them to address the need for additional


4. Late buses may be an occasional consequence of the driver shortage. We're sorry for

this, and we ask for patience as we work with the bus companies to find drivers.

5. At times, when routes need to be covered by different substitute drivers, times and route

consistency may vary.

To learn more about bus driving opportunities, please call 651-621-8900 or visit www.american-

Let’s Talk About It blog: What should I do if I am concerned about my child’s mental health?

All children (and adults for that matter!) experience times of poor mental health in which they struggle with overwhelming feelings of sadness, anger, stress, and fear. These intense feelings may manifest in physical complaints like stomachaches, difficulty concentrating, school avoidance, aggression, and more. It is heart wrenching to see your children hurting and not be able to take that pain away. In this month’s blog post, learn about ideas and resources available to help support your child’s mental health such as mental health therapy (including how to find a therapist).

Did you know?

Despite nationwide disruptions in student progress due the COVID-19 pandemic, District students continue to perform ahead of their national and state peers. Read more in the latest edition of School Talk at

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Non-Academic Personal Property:

Students should not bring personal items such as toys, card collections, footballs, soccer balls or similar sports equipment to school. These items may be misplaced or stolen and can be a disruption to learning. If a teacher wishes to have students bring such items to school for a special event, parents will be notified. We appreciate your support.

General Information

2022-2023 Bel Air Elementary Parent Handbook

Link here

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.

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@mvpschools.

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