Bel Air News

An e-newsletter from Bel Air Elementary School

April 7, 2023

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April 10-14

Monday, April 10th

- School in session

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

- Soccer skills - 3:20-4:20pm

- Artastico - 3:20-4:20pm

- Solar Robots - 3:20-4:20pm

- Spanish - 3:20-4:20pm

- PTA meeting - 6:00-7:00pm - Bel Air IMC

Tuesday, April 11th

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

- School in session

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

Wednesday, April 12th

- School in session

- Spanish - 3:20-4:20pm

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

- PTA Bingo Night - 6-7:30pm Bel Air Cafeteria

Thursday, April 13th

- School in session

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

Friday, April 14th

- School in session

2022-2023 School Year Calendar

Looking ahead

Monday, April 17th

- School in session

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

- Soccer skills - 3:20-4:20pm

- Artastico - 3:20-4:20pm

- Solar Robots - 3:20-4:20pm

- Spanish - 3:20-4:20pm

Tuesday, April 18th

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

- School in session

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

Wednesday, April 19th

- School in session

- Spanish - 3:20-4:20pm

- Playworks Jr. Coaches meeting 3:20-4:20pm

Thursday, April 20th

- School in session

- 1st grade field trip - Science Museum 9:30-2:30pm

Friday, April 21st


Safety & Security: 5 things to know

Bel Air Elementary School takes safety and security seriously.

As a reminder:

  1. Exterior doors are locked and should not be opened during the school day.

  2. Students and visitors should only enter and exit through the controlled access main entrance - Door #1.

  3. Prior to entry, visitors are asked to show a photo ID which is checked by a visitor management system.

  4. Video camera systems are positioned at multiple entry points and are monitored during the school day.

  5. Students and staff are asked to be proactive in reporting to administration all suspicious activities or any person who doesn't have a badge or seems out of place.

If you have questions or concerns about safety and security at Bel Air please contact principal Dawn Wiegand at 651-621-6303

PTA Meeting Monday, April 10th

Reminder there's a PTA meeting on Monday April 10th from 6-7pm in the library. It's never too late to attend your first meeting. All parents, teachers, and guardians are encouraged to attend

Free childcare provided ages 4+

PTA Bingo Night - Wednesday, April 12th

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- Bel Air PTA Carnival - Saturday May 20th 10am-1pm

Would you like to help with the upcoming Carnival on May 20th in a way other than volunteering?

Large quantities of Little Debbie Snack Cakes and 20oz soda (any variety) are needed for some prizes. Items can be dropped off at the school office

Contact with any questions

23-24 Student Information

Please use the link below to provide additional information about your child's academic and social learning needs for the 2023-24 school year. While we cannot accept specific teacher requests, we want to give you the opportunity to share specifics about your child’s needs which will help in our decision making process.

23-24 Student Information Form

Please complete prior to May 7, 2023

Partnering for Education Lunch

Join the Mounds View Schools Education Foundation on Tuesday, April 25 for its annual lunch showcasing the ongoing partnership with District leadership to fund priorities that impact students throughout all our schools. The featured speaker will be district alumna Alex Balsiger of Kraus-Anderson. Free to attend, but RSVP required by April 11.

SEPPAC Meeting: Celebrating Success

Join us for a panel of past and present students who have received special education services share their post-secondary plans, aspirations and experiences in K - 12 education.

Wednesday, April 26, 2023
6:45-8:15 p.m.
Mounds View District Center Board Room
4570 Victoria Street N.

In-person at the District Center or virtually at:

Did you know?

Steady enrollment growth is expected over the next 10 years, eventually exceeding 12,000 students. Despite an interruption in 10 years of enrollment growth due to the pandemic, more than eight out of 10 resident students still choose to enroll in Mounds View Public Schools. “Even though some families left for other choices, Mounds View is still very strong in capturing resident students,” said Hazel Reinhardt, a demographic consultant who recently completed an enrollment study for the District.

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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: Caregivers, the first line of defense

As a caregiver, never underestimate your power to influence a child’s future. Read this month’s blog post about how adult behaviors can sometimes influence children’s behavior, and how this relates to Alcohol Awareness Month.

Payments for COVID-related absences

If your child is approved for Educational Benefits (free or reduced-price school meals), they may be eligible for P-EBT benefits of $8.10 for each day they were absent due to a COVID-19 impact. Click HERE for more information.

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.

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.

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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