Bel Air News

An e-newsletter from Bel Air Elementary School

May 6-10, 2019

Monday, May 6:

Tuesday, May 7:

Wednesday, May 8:

3:45-6:15 pm - Bel Air Home Track Meet vs. Pinewood

Thursday, May 9:

Friday, May 10:

Future Events

May 13 - West Track Meet - 1:00-4:00 pm

May 14 - Patrol Picnic - 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

May 16 - West Track Meet (Make-up Date) - 1:00-4:00 pm

May 17 - Peace Day Assembly

May 20 - Playworks Leadership Training - Rm 218 - 3:25-4:25 pm

May 21 - 5th Gr to Highview - 9:00-10:30 am

May 21 - PTA Meeting - 6:00-7:00 pm

May 22 - Playworks Leadership Training - Rm 218 - 3:25-4:25 pm

May 22 - BA Spring Band Concert @ Bethel - 6:30-7:30 pm

May 24 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day

May 27 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

May 28 - 3rd Gr - Mpls Institute of Art - 9:00 am - 2:15 pm

May 28 - 2nd Gr - End of Year Celebration - Hansen Park - 10:10-11:45 am

May 29 - HV Choir Concert - Gym - 9:00-9:30 am

May 30 - Orchestra Spring Tour Day - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

May 30 - BA/VH Orchestra Concert @ Bethel - 6:30-7:30 pm

May 31 - Student Council - 7:45-8:15 am - Rm 209

May 31 - 1st Gr - HV Buddies

May 31 - PE Fun Day - 8:40 am - 3:05 pm

For Families

This month, our school wide theme is problem solving. In our morning announcements and school assembly we’ll be reminding students to use the Second Step Problem-Solving Steps:

· S: Say the problem

· T: Think of solutions

· E: Explore consequences

· P: Pick the best solution

As you can see, the first letter of each step spells the word ”step.” Remembering “step” helps students solve problems with each other in safe and respectful ways.

Second Step lessons specifically teach students to use each step and reinforce the message that solutions need to be safe and respectful. You will be receiving Home Links about the steps that describe why solving problems is important and including fun activities to do with your child to help him or her learn and practice the steps. We hope the steps will be helpful for you and your child when there are problems at home.

Please tell your child’s teacher if you would like more suggestions about how to use the Problem-Solving Steps at home.

Test history now available in ParentVUE

Families can now view students' standardized assessment results through ParentVUE. By logging into the ParentVUE portal, parents can view historical test results including the spring 2019 testing results. This includes Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) and NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). Look for the new Viewpoint Test History option in the left-side navigation bar, or use this Accessing Test History Guide. If families need access to ParentVue or need help accessing their account, they should contact their school's office.

Bel Air Elementary Student Information Survey

The survey will be available from April 20 through May 20, 2019.

Dear Parents,

Class placements for next school year is an important issue that we address at Bel Air Elementary School. The partnership between a child’s home and school is critical to his/her success and we value your insight and knowledge concerning your child’s educational and personal growth. When creating a classroom, a number of factors are considered including teacher/staff/parent input; class size; boy/girl ratio; academic, special education, and behavior needs.

With that in mind, we are providing parents with the opportunity to provide feedback about their child, which will be one of the many factors considered during the placement process. While we cannot accept specific teacher requests, we want to give you the opportunity to share specifics about your child’s needs through a parent questionnaire that will include information about learning styles, likes, and dislikes.

You will be asked to enter your child’s legal name, grade level, and current teacher.

If you have more than one child enrolled at Bel Air Elementary School for the 2019-2020 school year, a separate survey MUST be completed for each student.

Student Information Form

Thank you,

Dawn Wiegand


Bel Air Peace Day - May 17

Bel Air Elementary will be celebrating Peace Day on Friday, May 17, 2019. There will be a school assembly in the morning and then each grade level will be doing something special either at school or in the surrounding community. It's always a special day here at Bel Air.

Mr. Suggs is looking for donations of flower or vegetable seed packets; and individually wrapped small candy. If you are interested in donating, just drop off at the Bel Air Office by Wednesday, May 15.

5th Gr Parents - Highview Summer STEAM!

Registration is now open for Highview Summer STEAM! Summer STEAM is a 16-day program in which students will engage in creative learning activities that support reading and math skills. Space is limited, so please return completed forms to the Highview front office by Friday, May 31. You may view and print registration forms linked here or pick up registration forms from the Highview front office. Completed forms may be turned in to the Highview or elementary school office, or scanned & emailed to For more information, please contact Ben Chiri at 651-621-6736 or Cindy Palmer at 651-621-6700.

Orchestra Registration for Current 3rd Grade Students!

Current 3rd grade students have the opportunity to join the wonderful Bel Air Orchestra program, playing either the violin, viola, or cello starting in the summer of 2019! Students who are interested in playing the string bass will have the option to switch to that instrument in 5th grade.

All 3rd grade students will attend an instrument demonstration by District 621 orchestra staff on Monday, April 29, at Bel Air. Later that week, all 3rd graders will have the chance to try string instruments during school, to see which they would like to play!

NEW THIS YEAR - ALL registration for Summer Orchestra will take place online via Community Education! The registration window opens at 7am on Tuesday, April 30th. Summer Orchestra runs Mondays through Thursdays, from July 8-August 1. We offer hour-long group classes across the district starting as early as 7am or as late as 7pm. Please note that class size is limited and classes do fill, so be sure to register as early as possible. We suggest creating your account in advance and having a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice in mind for your lesson time and location.

We have three instrument display nights, where students are measured for the correct size instrument, and parents can make arrangements to rent an instrument from one of two music stores. All district orchestra teachers are available to answer any questions. Display Nights are on the following dates, from 5-6:30pm each night:

Tuesday, May 7 - Turtle Lake gym

Wednesday, May 8 - Island Lake gym

Monday, May 13 - Edgewood cafeteria

A parent/guardian and student should plan to attend one of those display nights so students can be properly sized for an instrument and families can make arrangements for a rental instrument. Please register for summer lessons online before attending a display night. If this isn't possible, families will have a chance to register online at Display Night..

Students will receive more details about orchestra registration on April 29th. You can also find additional information on our summer orchestra website.

We encourage students to begin their Orchestra experience during Summer Orchestra, but it is also possible to start playing in the fall.

I look forward to welcoming the 3rd grade students into the award-winning orchestra program in Mounds View Public Schools.

Orchestra rocks!

Jim Bartsch, Bel Air/Highview Orchestra teacher


Are you an LPN or RN looking for part time employment with hours to match the Mounds View District schedule? Mounds View Schools Health Service has an opportunity available. We are in need of substitute Licensed Health Care Specialists. This position works under the direction of the Licensed School Nurse to provide first aid for ill or injured students, administer prescribed medication to students, communicate health-related issues to parents and perform clerical functions related to record keeping and other general office functions. This position requires current Minnesota LPN/RN licensure.

Please contact Sarah Osterman, Licensed School Nurse ( if interested or for more information.

Community Education Forum


Last year, Ramsey County suffered 72 opioid overdoses. In comparison, Hennepin County, which is more than double the size of Ramsey County, suffered 162. These are record numbers and are devastating. To combat this crisis, the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, County Attorney’s Office, Local Law Enforcement, Schools, the Know the Truth Prevention Program and other local organizations have all come together to facilitate a community education forum. This event is focused on building awareness of the local drug trends, specifically the opioid crisis – the goal is to bring the community together to learn ways to communicate with individuals who are struggling with substance use, and to develop tools to keep loved ones safe from the devastation that addiction can cause to a family and community.

If you know someone who may be struggling with substance use, please come and get connected to resources – if not please come and develop tools to help you keep it that way.

It is free to the public and offers CEU Credits for the Board of Behavioral Health, Nursing, Social Work and Education.

Not only will this event be a presentation, but also host a resource fair with other local organizations who offer services for treatment & mental health, and our very own “Cracking the Code” interactive exhibit featuring a teen bedroom with hidden dangers and a virtual jail cell – giving attendees an opportunity to hear how quickly addiction can overtake someone’s life.

If your organization would like to host an Exhibitor Table or you have any questions about the event, please contact Sadie Holland –

You can also view more on the event here:

Orchestra Notes - Summer Orchestra

Mark your calendars! Students who are currently enrolled in grades 3-5 have the opportunity to participate in the District 621 Summer Orchestra program. The dates are July 8-August 1, Mondays-Thursdays. Classes are 50 minutes and they are scheduled at various locations across the district, starting as early as 7am or as late as 7pm. Registration materials will be shared with families soon.

There is also a middle school camp available for students entering grades 7-8 in 2019-2020.

Click here to access more details on the District 621 Summer Orchestra website.

If you have any questions, contact Jim Bartsch, orchestra teacher, at

See you this summer!

Provide your feedback for New Brighton Parks & Rec.

The City of New Brighton wants your input to guide its future parks, trails and recreation improvements for the next 20 years. Visit to find an interactive map and survey where you can leave comments and see what others have to say.

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

Youth Activities

Before- and after-school activities are offered by the District's Community Education department. Bel Air opportunities include:[category]=147%2C148%2C151%2C154%2C146&sf[locations]=9&sf[q]=&v=grid-view

For a complete list of offerings, including e-flyers from outside organizations, visit

General Information

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.

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:

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